Turn on the news everyday and there is a story of the new struggle with cyber security that is likely being reported.  Information being stolen, sites being hacked, computers infected with the latest virus or malware are all messages you are likely to hear.  As Auxiliarists, we have the responsibility that we owe to ourselves but also to our Shipmates and to the US Coast Guard.  So the question that comes to mind if you see something that is not looking right is "What do I do?"

For your personal sake, you can do the following:

  • Obtain and keep current one of the many choices for anti-virus software.  A search on "free anti-virus software' will give you many choices.
  • Don't open attachments to emails from people you don't know or, if you do know them, it is an attachment that they are not likely to have sent.  If you are not sure, ask them first.

Once upon a time, we only needed to keep physical control of a desktop and maybe a laptop computer.  Today, we have more computing power in the palm of our hand than filled the largest computer centers just 50 years ago.  On these convenient phones, tablets, etc can often be information about others (in your contacts) that need to be safeguarded.  As Auxiliary members, we are bound by the Auxiliary Manual to protect personal information and Operational Information (OPSEC) related to the Coast Guard.

The question comes up "What do I do" if you see something on an Auxiliary website that you believe is openly showing personal or operational information.  With most issues in the Auxiliary, we are directed to use the Chain of Leadership to report concerns.  In the information technology world we live in, there is a step I ask you take first.  Go to http://help.cgaux.org (Our help desk system) and report what you see.  That is the quickest way to put the question in the hands of people that can act swiftly to resolve it.  If it is one of our National Systems (AUXDIRECTORY, SKILLS BANKS, etc) or a Website (WOW or otherwise), please take a moment and submit a ticket.




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# Anik Singal on 05/08/14 at 18:35
Great post.

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