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NEWS | Dec. 3, 2013

Tips to maintain network security

By Gregory Simon 628th Communications Squadron Plans and Resources Flight commander

A Defense Information Systems Agency inspection team will conduct a Command Cyber Readiness Inspection at Joint Base Charleston Dec. 9 -13.

A CCRI is the equivalent of an Operational Readiness Inspection of a base's networks and supporting security practices.

The DISA team will inspect work centers for adherence to standards as well as check the base's networks and information systems for vulnerabilities. They'll also look at the base's technical and operational adherence to Department of Defense standard practices and policies, which includes non-secure and secure network compliance, physical security and information assurance practices.

In order for the installation to have a successful CCRI, it is everyone's responsibility to be knowledgeable on proper traditional security, physical security and information assurance practices.

Some tips for all users to ensure inspection success:

· Log off and reboot your NIPR machine daily to ensure security patch compliance.

· Power on and log in to SIPR machines during mandatory SIPR uptime periods, currently 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Tuesdays. Staying connected during the entire period is essential.

· Properly label disc media and have proper classification markings on communications equipment (computers, monitors, phones, etc.) in a mixed environment.

· Properly safeguard classified systems.

· Do not pass any information, especially information on the Critical Information List over unclassified means, whether it be phone, e-mail, Facebook, etc.

· Pull your Common Access Card and SIPR tokens before leaving your computer.

· Verify security clearances.

· Escort unauthorized personnel.

· Know how to identify and respond to a network security incident or classified message incident by using the Network Incident Reporting Aid.

· Know your unit security manager and Information Assurance Officer.

· Never bring portable or wireless electronic devices within three meters of a classified system.

· Use document cover sheets and face your monitors away from your doors and windows.

· Never plug any sort of electronic devices like thumb drives, hard drives, portable media players or cell phones into a NIPR or SIPR machine unless you have an approved exemption letter.

For more information on keeping your areas inspection ready, contact your unit Information Assurance Officer.