R 031536Z OCT 19
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC C4//
SUBJ/2019 NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS MONTH 1-31 OCTOBER//
POC/R. STATEN/CIV/UNIT: HQMC DCI IC4 ICC/CYBERSECURITY/TEL: 571-256-8875/EMAIL: RODDY.STATEN@USMC.MIL//
POC/R. A. LETTEER/CIV/UNIT: HQMC DCI IC4 ICC/CYBERSECURITY/TEL: 703-693-3490/EMAIL: RAY/LETTEER@USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This month long observance provides the Marine Corps with an opportunity to emphasize the importance of cybersecurity to our mission and to “rearm” the workforce with cybersecurity insights, information, and resources needed for the continued defense of our systems and data.
2. Cyberspace is a contested domain with malicious actors targeting us on a daily basis. The security for our information, systems, and platforms is the responsibility of every user. The Marine Corps’ ability to maintain information superiority and exercise command and control across the entirety of our battlespace would not be possible without a secure network.
3. This year’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month Theme is “Own it. Secure it. Protect it.”
3.A. Own it. Every person authorized access to the Marine Corps Enterprise Network has a cybersecurity role to play. Users must execute disciplined continuing actions by complying with the rules of behavior provided in their System Authorization Access Requests, completing required cybersecurity annual training, and practicing good cyber hygiene.
3.B. Secure it. Our adversaries have become adept at devising new methods to penetrate our networks. Consistent with our cybersecurity roles, each one of us must learn and apply appropriate network behavior to deter these threats and protect our critical information.
3.C. Protect it. Cyber threats and countermeasures are constantly evolving so users must apply and maintain cybersecurity protections. Maintaining a positive protective posture requires constant vigilance.
4.A. The following sites provide more information and resources to help Marines own, protect, and secure their data:
4.A.1. Best practices for keeping your home network secure: https:(slash)(slash)www.nsa.gov/Portals/70/documents/what-we-do/cybersecurity/professional-resources/csi-best-practices-for-keeping-home-network-secure.pdf
4.A.2. DoD mobile device and computing best practices: https:(slash)(slash)dpcld.defense.gov/Portals/49/Documents/Media/BestPractices%20(PDF).pdf
4.A.3. Antivirus home use: https:(slash)(slash)storefront.disa.mil/kinetic/disa/service-catalog#/forms/antivirus-home-use
4.B. During October, check out Marines.mil for more Marine Corps cybersecurity-related features and content. Users can also enter “#BeCyberSmart” in any Internet browser as a pointer to information online that emphasizes the leading role each individual can play in online safety.
4.C. To learn more about the strategic role of cybersecurity and why it matters, read the National Cyber Strategy and DoD Cyber Strategy: https:(slash)(slash)www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/National-Cyber-Strategy.pdf and https:(slash)(slash)media.defense.gov/2018/Sep/18/2002041658/-1/-1/1/CYBER_STRATEGY_SUMMARY.PDF
5. Release authorized by Brigadier General Lorna M. Mahlock, Director, Information C4 Division, Deputy Commandant for Information.//