National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

From Commander, Military Sealift Command

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October marks National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, with the overarching theme, “Cybersecurity is Our Shared Responsibility and We All Must Work Together to Improve.” While cyber issues are important every day, this recognition period gives us an opportunity to highlight the critical importance of cybersecurity throughout the DoD, Navy and MSC enterprise.

We know the cyber threat is credible, persistent, and evolving. Each week brings news stories about breaches of systems containing our personal data, or nefarious cyber activity affecting government or industry computer systems.

Because we can’t see what’s happening in cyberspace like we can in the physical world, observers and stakeholders alike may not fully grasp the frequency and severity of cyber threats.

At MSC we have been working diligently to elevate cyber issues and awareness, both among our own staff and in collaboration with our partners in industry.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is an important time to remind ourselves of the ways in which we can contribute to the strength of the enterprise, through our day-to-day cyber actions – at work, at home, and at sea.

Sailors, mariners, civilians, contractors and families are the front line of defense in this fight – and by adhering to cybersecurity policies and best practices – we contribute to mission execution, and protect ourselves and our families.

We must be vigilant and stay focused in all our cyber activities, remembering that oftentimes basic actions are the best defense:

– Install software and security updates on your computer and smartphone as soon as they are available;

– Protect and regularly change your passwords;

– Don’t open email or click on links that come from a source you do not know or trust; and

– Implement cyber best practices, report suspicious activity, and educate yourselves on cyber trends and news.

Our response to cyber threats must be an all-hands, all-the-time effort. The success of our mission depends on our commitment to remain attentive and engaged in the cyber battlespace.

United We Sail,

Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, USN

Commander, Military Sealift Command



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