BY AUSTIN BOND 2ND LIEUTENANT 375TH COMMUNICATION SQUADRON
SCOTT AFB- Scott AFB will undergo a Command Cyber Readiness Inspection November 14-18, which is a thorough evaluation by the Defense Information Systems Agency of all network systems supported by the 375th Communications Squadron.
This inspection includes reviewing the command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence systems, or C4I, which support 31 mission partners at Scott AFB, along with the 375th Air Mobility Wing.
It will be conducted at multiple locations throughout the base, and DISA’s end goal is to evaluate the security of these C4I systems. The base will be looked at for any network vulnerabilities, physical security, user education, and compliance with security orders and directives.
To that end, the men and women of the 375th CS are reminding everyone that they need help each day to continue to implement the practices learned in the annual DoD Cyber Awareness Challenge training. Those practices include:
- Be aware of suspicious email and web traffic;
- Never leave Common Access Cards unattended;
- Only allow properly cleared personnel into controlled areas if they have their line-badge properly displayed—no “piggybacking”; and·
- Power on secure computers every day to ensure they receive all upgrades and patches needed to mitigate cyber vulnerabilities.
As the base prepares for this important inspection, the commander of the 375th Communications Squadron, Maj. Jason Parker, reminds personnel that “this is not just a cyber inspection, but rather a readiness inspection that will affect the entire installation, and it is imperative that all of our mission partners work together to achieve success.”With regard to identifying what the base can expect in the weeks leading up to the inspection, Parker said, “base personnel can expect some delays in the processing and remediation of trouble tickets and new comm requirements; however, our teams will evaluate all issues on a case-by-case basis by assessing operational impact and applying the proper level of effort based on assigned priority.”Overall, the 375th Communications Group is committed to achieving a successful rating during the upcoming CCRI. Parker added, “leadership involvement is key to our CCRI preparation efforts, and we look forward to providing the wing and mission partners with the information and resources necessary to ensure success for Scott AFB.”