Cyber security tops bilateral discussion
CAMP ZAMA, Japan -- Army Col. Cleophus Thomas Jr., 516th Signal Brigade commander, accepts a memento from Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Central Readiness Force commander, Lt. Gen. Masahiro Hidaka, during a visit March 19. Thomas visited the CRF here to discuss bilateral support and continue developing a relationship between 78th Signal Battalion and JGSDF that can benefit both during contingency operations or humanitarian assistance or disaster relief efforts. Both signal organizations currently work side by side during multiple exercises throughout the year such as Orient Shield and Yama Sakura.
Hidaka mentioned his vision for CRF to play a greater role in cyber security. When asked about cyber security in his unit, Thomas explained the pillars of protection and prevention. He also elaborated on his focus of training, vulnerability management, and detection of cyber attacks. The responsibilities of users on cyber awareness and mitigation techniques from cyber threats, such as suspicious external emails that may harbor a cyber threat, were also discussed. Thomas also offered assistance from 78th Signal Battalion, co-located on Camp Zama, in helping the CRF build their cyber readiness program. Also during the visit, Thomas presented a memento to Hidaka marking their first meeting and discussions.
Hailed as “Voice of the Pacific,” 516th Signal Brigade is headquartered at Ft. Shafter, Hawaii.