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CHIPS Articles: Vice Adm. Jan Tighe urges commitment to make cybersecurity a priority

Vice Adm. Jan Tighe urges commitment to make cybersecurity a priority
By Vice Admiral Jan E. Tighe - July-September 2017
Editor's Note: Vice Admiral Jan E. Tighe, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, OPNAV N2N6 released the following guidance in a naval message today, Sept. 28.

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and, given all the recent news on data breeches and hacking, this is a good time to focus on the persistent cyber threats and challenges facing the Navy. It's important to focus on what each of us can do to keep our shipmates and operations secure.

The cyber threat reaches beyond traditional information technology networks to systems that affect nearly every aspect of our Navy's missions, including operational technology (machinery controls, weapons, and navigation systems). A successful cyber — intrusion — anywhere in the Navy — increases the risk that adversaries can move to other targets and pose risks to our missions and people.

Therefore, a mistake by one individual puts everyone and the mission at risk. Adhering to cybersecurity policies, directives, and best practices is Commanders' business and requires an all hands approach to protect the Navy.

During October, the Navy will be releasing social media content with five key themes: The Cyber Threat is Real; The Anatomy of a Cyber-Attack; What the Navy is doing to Protect Itself in Cyberspace; Cybersecurity is an All Hands Effort; and How You Can Operate Securely Online at Home and at Work. The intent is to sustain a culture where cybersecurity discipline is a high priority and a daily habit so the Navy is vigilant about the persistent cyber threats it faces.

The Department of Homeland Security also announced their themes for the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month effort: Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone’s Business; Todays Predictions for Tomorrows Internet; The Internet Wants You: Consider a Career in Cybersecurity; and Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Threats.

Additional information and resources on these topics can be found at: https://www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month.

Commands are encouraged to incorporate the outstanding Department of Homeland Security products in their internal cybersecurity training.

Just like damage control, we depend on you to make cybersecurity a priority. Whenever you log onto a Navy network or system, you are in the cyber battlespace. Your commitment to cybersecurity will protect the Navy, contribute to our cyber fight, and assure our important operations.

Vice Admiral Jan E. Tighe, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, OPNAV N2N6
Vice Admiral Jan E. Tighe, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, OPNAV N2N6
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