10/5/2015 9:08 AM
by Lt. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell, Chief Information Officer, G-6
October is Army Cybersecurity Awareness Month – our annual campaign to improve the Army’s security posture by increasing awareness of organizational cybersecurity practices and training. It is an opportunity to build a culture of cybersecurity awareness throughout our entire workforce. This year's theme is “Stay Protected While Connected” which appropriately emphasizes individual and leader responsibilities for protecting the Army against cybersecurity threats that endanger personnel, compromise operations, and consume resources.
Cybersecurity risk management is a critical aspect of everyday business and operational activities. This year the Army will focus on evaluating cybersecurity practices at all levels, and establishing appropriate risk management techniques and procedures. The awareness campaign coincides with directives to commanders, leaders and managers to assess and manage risks, and conduct continuous monitoring practices to identify, assess and respond to vulnerabilities. This means:
- Integrating risk management into all phases of organizations’ missions, functions and operations.
- Managing risk at acceptable levels and make risk decisions with the appropriate authority.
- Accepting no unnecessary risk that will jeopardize or impact mission or business operations.
- Applying risk management continuously and thoroughly and develop a culture of awareness and responsibility for security practices.
This will help leaders create a culture of awareness to anticipate, detect, and respond to cyber threats before they can impact the confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity of Army networks, systems and information as well as personal data.
The Army is taking a robust and sustained approach to cybersecurity. Beyond the awareness month observance, commands will complete annual assessments, conduct mandatory annual information assurance training, ensure systems are compliant and continually apply security updates and patches as required.
Cyber attacks threaten the Army’s data, networks and systems every day, putting our operations and people at risk. It is critical that Soldiers, civilians and contractors understand their responsibility for protecting the Army’s cybersecurity posture, in order to ensure Army readiness and continued mission success. It also means members of the workforce should reflect the Army values in their online conduct.
You can help by spreading the word. Please stay connected via this website and social media for upcoming cybersecurity news and developments.
LTG Robert S. Ferrell