Tag: Cyber Security

Coast Guard opens new unit to combat cyberspace threat

Cyber attacks are an ever-present and growing threat to the Nation as well as the U.S. Coast Guard. To help combat those threats, the Coast Guard has stood up the Coast Guard Battle Bridge. The Battle Bridge will be the center for exercising command and control of Coast Guard cyberspace operations, including coordination with Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and allies to operate and defend our networks, enable Coast Guard operations and support other Coast Guard operational commanders to protect maritime critical infrastructure.

Toward a Coast Guard Cyberspace Workforce

The Coast Guard is developing a Cyberspace Workforce Human Capital Plan to prioritize and implement a cyberspace workforce transformation that aligns with Department of Defense standards and both the Coast Guard’s Cyber Strategy and Human Capital Strategy. The newly-created Office of Cyberspace Forces will lead the endeavor and provide programmatic oversight, training, equipping and operational policy for the men and women who will make up this new workforce.

Cyber Month: Social engineering attacks; phishing and vishing

Large organizations like the U.S. Coast Guard require a large workforce to successfully carry out day to day missions. The large number of people employed puts the Coast Guard at high risk for Social Engineering attacks. Social Engineering is an attack technique that relies heavily on manipulating and/or tricking people into breaking normal security procedures by divulging sensitive information to unauthorized persons. Cyber criminals frequently use these social engineering techniques in their attempts to acquire information that would allow the cyber criminal to gain access to Coast Guard networks and sensitive information. Two Social Engineering attacks have been especially successful and on the increase—Phishing and Vishing. Learn how to reduce the risks posed by phishing and vishing in this post!

Flat Stanley App now helping kids stay safe online

The Department of Homeland Security’s Stop. Think. Connect. public awareness campaign is joining the Flat Stanley Project to help kids learn about the importance of cybersecurity. By downloading and using the Flat Stanley App, kids will be able to create their own “Flat Stanley” or “Flat Stella” character and send it on a tour of the Internet to learn about staying safe online and helping spread the word about cybersecurity. Kids can also follow “Flat Amber” as she visits DHS and its components to talk to DHS employees who help protect our Nation’s cyber infrastructure.

Bravo zulu, Coast Guard cyber warriors!

Coast Guard All Hands sends out a bravo zulu to the Coast Guard to the 2013 U.S. Coast Guard Information Technology Cyber Security Professionals of the Year! If you followed our cyber security series in October and November, you appreciate the challenges the Coast Guard faces everyday in the cyber environment and the role each of us plays in combatting that threat. This year four cyber security professionals were recognized for their devotion to duty and significant contributions to the information security mission.

Moving at Internet speed, the highly evolving cyber mission.

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.

What do you have on your phone?

Almost every one of us has a cell phone, smart phone or other electronic device we carry with us every day. Think about the things that we store on those devices – phone numbers of friends, family and/or co-workers; personal information like passwords; information about our place of work, where we like to eat and what we like to do. We use our smart phones to look up places to go, find our favorite activities and chat with friends and family. If this information gets into the wrong hands criminals can steal our identities, access our personal accounts and even harass us.