NCDOC Achieves Network Defense Accreditation Milestone

Story Number: NNS080715-16Release Date: 7/15/2008 5:00:00 PM
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By Darlene Goodwin, Naval Network Warfare Command Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- The Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command (NCDOC) became the first Computer Network Defense Service Provider (CNDSP) in the Department of Defense to be recognized with a top-level accreditation, awarded by the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), July 1.

An Accreditation Level 3 on the CNDSP Certification and Accreditation (C&A) Program reflects "exemplary performance" on criteria relating to the protection of computer networks, detection and response to incidents, and sustainment of network operations, according to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

"Our inspection team was thoroughly impressed by NCDOC's CND posture and their provision of services enterprise wide," Kelly said. "The command demonstrated the most efficient CND operation ever evaluated [under this program]," said Senior Chief Information Systems Technician (SW) John Kelly, DISA CNDSP program manager and inspection lead.

NCDOC Commanding Officer, Capt. Roy Petty noted the achievement reflects the intensity of his staff's dedication to their network defense mission, coupled with a steadfast commitment to excellence.

"Our job 24/7 is to secure and defend Navy networks worldwide against a persistent and adaptive threat," Petty said. "This endorsement is extremely rewarding and recognizes our deliberate efforts to build real capabilities, real knowledge, and real processes. In earning this unprecedented level of certification, NCDOC has clearly set the bar for other DoD organizations and has once again confirmed the Navy's primacy in the cyber realm."

All DoD network defense providers are required to complete the CNDSP C&A inspection every three years. DISA inspectors perform the evaluation and make a recommendation as to the certification level. The final accreditation determination is made by STRATCOM.

NCDOC was established in January 2006, after performing similar functions as the Navy Computer Incident Response Team since 1996. The command is responsible for around-the-clock protection of the Navy's computer networks, with more than 700,000 users worldwide.

The command is collocated with the Naval Network Warfare Command at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Va.

Petty encouraged highly motivated cyberwarrior Sailors to consider a tour of duty at his command.

"NCDOC is a great place for cryptologic technicians and information systems technicians looking to operate in a global environment on the cutting edge of cyber warfare," he said. "Our Sailors 'fight the net' every day providing a critical capability to our warfighters."

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