Written by Lt. Jason Burroughs.
America faces a rapidly growing threat from cyber-attacks. Cyber actors are actively targeting our power grid, financial institutions, transportation systems and other portions of the nation’s critical infrastructure and key resources. A successful attack on any of these critical nodes could pose a threat to national security and our national economy. The mission of CGCYBER is to ensure a safe, secure and resilient cyber operating environment that allows for the execution of Coast Guard and marine operations.
Three Cyber Goals.
Provide a secure platform. Protect Coast Guard information, networks, and systems against threats and vulnerabilities, across multiple domains in cyberspace, providing secure platforms to enable Coast Guard Mission Execution.
Defend maritime critical infrastructure frm cyber threats. Act as subject matter expert to identify vulnerabilities and mitigating risks and threats to information and network systems for the Marine Transportation System and Maritime Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources.
Provide a decision advantage. Leverage intelligence and law enforcement to understand adversary’s intentions and capabilities in cyberspace.
Cybersecurity and the Maritime Domain.
No nation, industry, community or individual is immune to cyber risks. Combating emerging cyber risks is a shared responsibility requiring the participation of the entire maritime transportation system engaging and sharing critical information through unique partnerships including government, law enforcement, the private sector and members of the public. Safeguarding and securing cyberspace is one of our nation’s most important priorities and focuses on building a safe, secure and resilient cyber domain to support critical infrastructure, enable innovation and prosperity, advance economic interests and protect privacy, civil rights and civil liberties while maintaining national security. As the sector specific agency for the maritime transportation sector, both DHS and the U.S. Coast Guard are committed to an all-hazards preparedness and response approach to protecting the cyber domain to achieve cybersecurity.
How you can help keep the maritime transportation system safe from cyber attacks:
• Run the latest anti-virus and internet security software on your computer.
• Use the latest version of your computer’s operating system.
• Limit use of administrator accounts.
• Change default settings using cybersecurity best practice.
• Use WPA/WPA2 to protect your wireless network.
• Disable the broadcast name on your wireless network.
• Use strong passwords (15 characters with upper/lower case letters, numbers, and special characters).
• Exercise good configuration management.
• Train and educate your workforce.
• Conduct a cybersecurity assessment (identify vulnerabilities and mitigate risk).
• Have a cybersecurity strategy (develop a plan, then test and exercise it).
• Become familiary with your unit’s responsibilities under Executive Order 13636: Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity and Presidential Policy Directive 21: Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience.
• Join the HOMEPORT Cybersecurity Community by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Report cyber incidents to the National Response Center via the on-line reporting tool or by calling 800-424-8802.
Remember, cybersecurity is a shared responsibility!