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CHIPS Articles: Fleet Cyber Command and Information Warfare Training Group Synchronize Cybersecurity Inspections

Fleet Cyber Command and Information Warfare Training Group Synchronize Cybersecurity Inspections
By Lt.Cmdr. William Tisdale, U.S. Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet - July-September 2018
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (NNS) -- U.S. Fleet Cyber Command’s Office of Compliance and Assessment (OCA) and the Information Warfare Training Group (IWTG) are working together towards ensuring Navy cyber assessments and inspections are aligned, synchronized and provide greater value to operational commanders through the Command Cyber Operational Readiness Inspections (CCORI) program.

“The Navy has a significant challenge analyzing all of the different Cyber assessments and inspections done by various organizations, because there is no aligned effort. This leads to difficulty sharing important information, lessons-learned, and effective corrective actions.” said Capt. Kristian P. Kearton, OCA Director. “Our goal, working with the IWTG and the different type and systems commands, is to ensure our assessments, standards and schedules are synchronized.”

U.S. Fleet Cyber Command’s OCA serves as the Navy’s executive agent for the Joint Force Headquarters-DoD Information Networks (JFHQ-DoDIN) Cyber Security Inspection and Certification Program (CSICP). As the executive agent, OCA conducts Command Cyber Readiness Inspections (CCRI) and CCORI of Naval command around the world. These inspections provide actionable recommendations for improving Navy networks and their cyber readiness.

Command Cyber Readiness Inspections (CCRIs) validate network compliance based on established DoD and DoN requirements. While CCORIs assess a command’s risk to missions by evaluating vulnerabilities of information systems, networks, applications, and data and potential cyber threats to those networks.

IWTG stood-up on March 28 of this year and focuses on advancing the Fleet’s Information Warfare (IW) warfighting readiness through operational based training in support of afloat and ashore commands delivering decisive advantages in the maritime domain.

“Our focus is to ensure any discrepancies found during a CCORI are addressed prior to a unit’s deployment,” said Capt. Chris Slattery, IWTG’s commanding officer. “IWTG is an integral part of every phase of the Navy’s Optimized Fleet Response Plan (OFRP) to ensure IW readiness. Mitigating cyber risk is a critical part of how we set the Fleet up for success.”

OCA and IWTG are working together to conduct the CCORI process during the OFRP. This will streamline and improve training and reduce the burden to ships, that in the past had to complete OFRP and OCA inspections separately. The new Cyber Warfare events conducted by IWTG will account for the different phases of a CCORI, thus aligning data, lessons-learned and corrective actions that will have Navy-wide impact.

“Our networks are warfighting platforms, designed to provide assured command and control and exponentially increases our ability to deliver more lethality,” said Kearton. “By working together to implement CCORI, we will be ensuring our cyber capabilities are available to the warfighter on time, on target.”

Since its establishment, FCC/C10F has grown into an operational force composed of more than 16,000 Active and Reserve Sailors and civilians organized into 26 active commands, 40 Cyber Mission Force units, and 26 reserve commands around the globe. FCC serves as the Navy component command to U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Cyber Command, and the Navy's Service Cryptologic Component commander under the National Security Agency/Central Security Service. C10F, the operational arm of FCC, executes its mission through a task force structure similar to other warfare commanders. In this role, C10F provides support of Navy and joint missions in cyber/networks, cryptologic/signals intelligence and space.

For more news and information from Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command / U.S. 10th Fleet, visit www.public.navy.mil/fcc-c10f/, www.dvidshub.net/unit/USFCC, or follow us on Twitter @USFLEETCYBERCOM.

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