Cyber Inspection: NAF Atsugi Under Review
According to the Local Network Service Center (LNSC) Director Thomas Rabago, for the first time in the history of Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, the installation will undergo an extensive cyber security inspection (CSI). The inspection will encompass all of the elements of information assurance to include: information security, network security and physical security of all computers and the operating environment of the information systems.
The inspection, conducted by personnel from U.S. Navy Fleet Cyber Command 10th Fleet, Fleet Cyber Command Office of Compliance and Assessment (OCA), is expected to take place in August while Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 is on deployment.
While most personnel on the installation won’t physically participate in the inspection, they can still help their command and departmental terminal area security officers (TASOs) in preparing for the inspection.
Many Sailors and their civilian coworkers may not be familiar with what they can do to help the installation be successful.
LNSC Director Thomas Rabago and NAF Atsugi Chief Information Officer Juliet Eiselstein have outlined a few steps everyone can take to protect the installation.
“First and foremost, listen to and follow the trainings that our TASO’s provide,” Rabago said. “We’re going to be providing guidance and training to the various TASO’s which we need to know is getting passed along to the users.”
Rabago added that those with common access card (CAC) access can do a lot before the inspectors ever show up by adopting the proper operational behavior now.
One of the most common operational behavior mistakes made during the inspection is leaving CAC in computers when leaving the terminal. In addition, failing to properly lock and secure sensitive information is another violation often seen. sensitive information can include, but is not limited to social security numbers, personnel records and for official use only (FOUO) documents.
“It’s important that everyone take this seriously. Eiselstein said. “We need everyone to help us to be on the top of our game.”
If an individual engages in behavior that breaks security protocols or endangers the safety of personnel or equipment, then that’s something that needs to be dealt with expeditiously Eiselstein added.
It’s not realistic to ask for constant oversight over every person and terminal at all times, and that’s where it comes down to the individuals sitting in their shops and offices helping to ensure that NAF Atsugi’s information and information systems are protected, Rabago said.