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50 SCS offers tips for upcoming CCRI

October is National Cyber Awareness Month. Learn the steps to keep your information safe and out of the hands of hackers.  (U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. Robert Barnett)

(U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. Robert Barnett)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The U.S. Cyber Command directed Command Cyber Readiness Inspection will begin at Schriever and an inspection team will evaluate base personnel, facilities, and procedures Feb. 10-14.

The purpose of the inspection is to assess network security, validate SIPRNet and NIPRNet compliance and ensure proper practices and physical securities are in place to eliminate and prevent information assurance vulnerabilities.

"As part of the CCRI process, combined with the analysis of Schriever's cyber posture, the evaluators will determine the base's vigilance regarding security practices and units' knowledge of protocols and standards required to help keep the base's networks and information safe," said Wardell Adams, 50 SCS Plans and Resources Flight Chief.

The CCRI will consist of a Defense Information Systems Agency Inspection Team meeting with leadership and personnel in random units, conducting network scans and visiting facilities. Much of the time they spend inspecting will be with information assurance leads and network security managers. However, visits to work centers across the base are expected.

"All base personnel should carry out their week like any other to accomplish their respective tasks in support of their organization's mission," said Capt. Nathan Zahn, 50 SCS Director of Operations. "However, increased vigilance is always a good thing. In support of our base's network security and information assurance, your attention to detail and compliance with the following measures will go a long way in ensuring CCRI success."

In order to keep good practices year round, 50 SCS offers the following user actions:

- Protect your SIPR token and Common Access Card. Keep them within your arms' reach at all times. Lock your workstation -- remove your CAC and SIPR token every time you step away.
- Keep your SIPR monitor a secret; not visible from a common space.
- Contact the 50 SW Emissions Security Manager at 567-3662 prior to moving or rearranging workstations with classified systems present.
- Know your unit's Information Assurance Officers. The inspection team will quiz random personnel during facility visits. Expect them to ask questions like "Who are your IAOs? How do you contact them? What do you do if there is a fire and you are logged into SIPR?"
- Ensure government computers are turned on and connected to the network.
- Don't bring in devices with wireless capability or cameras, including mobile phones. They are not permitted in the Schriever restricted area or any area with classified systems present.
- Locate your "SAFB Individual Network IT Service Response Aid." This card should be displayed next to every NIPR/SIPR workstation on base. It is for quick-reference with emergency actions, incident reporting measures, and contact information for your unit's IAOs.

"We sincerely appreciate the support, flexibility and hard work of everyone involved in preparing for this base-wide inspection," said Zahn. "Your selflessness and vigilance, displayed all year long, is very apparent and highlighted even more during events like this."

Unit IAOs are the primary points of contact for base personnel and unit leadership, but the 50 SW Information Assurance office can also be reached at 567-4138.

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