CG Cyberspace Workforce Spotlight Q+A: Russell Barnes

This cyberspace workforce spotlight looks at the role of the C4IT Service Center and the ways the team provides depot-level information technology support for all Coast Guard mission requirements.

Cyber Month: Social engineering attacks; phishing and vishing

Large organizations like the U.S. Coast Guard require a large workforce to successfully carry out day to day missions. The large number of people employed puts the Coast Guard at high risk for Social Engineering attacks. Social Engineering is an attack technique that relies heavily on manipulating and/or tricking people into breaking normal security procedures by divulging sensitive information to unauthorized persons. Cyber criminals frequently use these social engineering techniques in their attempts to acquire information that would allow the cyber criminal to gain access to Coast Guard networks and sensitive information. Two Social Engineering attacks have been especially successful and on the increase—Phishing and Vishing. Learn how to reduce the risks posed by phishing and vishing in this post!

Cyber Month: Emails containing personally identifiable information

Do you know the policy regarding proper protections to take when sending personally identifiable information (PII) and sensitive personally identifiable information (SPII) outside the USCG.MIL domain? Over the past year, there has been an increase in privacy incidents caused by Coast Guard personnel transmitting PII and SPII to personal business email accounts without using the proper protections. Read the full post to ensure that you know the policy!

The Paratus Report, Episode 13

The newest episode of the Coast Guard Paratus Report is now live! The Paratus Report is a workforce news program focused at keeping Coast Guard members informed of what’s happening throughout their Coast Guard. Specifically, October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and this episode features tips and information to keep you safe online. Watch the full episode!