​OCTOBER 2020 CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS MONTH

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POC/PETITT/OPNAV N2N6G/TEL:  (571) 256-8465
/EMAIL:  DAVID.PETITT.CTR(AT)NAVY.MIL//

RMKS/1.  October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.  While 
cybersecurity is always a Navy priority, we increase our focus on it during 
October to remind you of its importance, and to equip you with tools to 
safeguard the Navy at work and defend yourself at home.

2.  To win across the full range of military operations in this era of Great
Power Competition, we must connect Navy and Joint sensors and shooters in a
battle network that enables our forces to get from threat detection to 
decisive action as quickly as possible.  The systems, networks and data that 
enable this capability are as critical as weapons  without them we cannot 
compete, deter, and win.

3.  Our adversaries understand this.  They have become more confident in
challenging us below the level of military conflict by stealing our data, and
developing ways to compromise Navy systems and networks, including those that
control our ships, aircraft, weapons, and infrastructure.

4.  The connectedness we need increases our lethality but it also increases
shared risk.  With a foothold inside our networks, adversaries can quickly 
move to more vital targets.  When they have this capability, a mistake by one
individual puts others at risk.  Because the stakes are so high in this
networked environment, adhering to cybersecurity policies and best practices
requires an ALL HANDS approach to keep the Navy and our nation
safe.  Cybersecurity best practices also provide protection against hackers
intent on exploiting smart phones, personal computers and other consumer
computing devices.

5.  During October, we will publish content on the Navys social media 
platform and on the American Forces Network as part of the national campaign 
for raising cybersecurity awareness.  Use these materials to understand the 
threats we face and how to protect against them.  Each week will have a 
different theme:
    a.  Week One:  If You Connect It, Protect
    b.  Week Two:  Securing Devices at Home and Work
    c.  Week Three:  Secure Teleworking
    d.  Week Four:  The Future of Connected Devices

6.  For easy access to this content, go to https://www.doncio.navy.mil and
select Cybersecurity Awareness Month announcement.  Many of the excellent
cybersecurity resources from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security
Agency will be reposted at https://www.cisa.gov/national-cyber-security
-awareness-month.

7.  We have invested heavily in capabilities to protect Navy networks, 
systems, and data, and our cybersecurity defenders stop attacks daily, but 
you are part of the cyber fight too.  Every time you log onto a system or 
network  at home or at work  you are on the front lines of the cyber 
battlespace.  I appreciate your commitment to keeping the Navy safe by 
following cybersecurity best practices and policy.

8.  Request widest dissemination.  This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until
cancelled or superseded.

9.  Released by VADM Jeffrey E. Trussler, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations 
for Information Warfare, OPNAV N2N6.//
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