R 271855Z SEP 17
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC
SUBJ/NAVY CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS MONTH
RMKS/1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. The Department of Homeland Security also announced their themes for the
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month effort: Cybersecurity in the
Workplace is Everyones 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
5. 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.
6. Released by Vice Admiral Jan E. Tighe, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations
for Information Warfare, OPNAV N2N6.//