TEN THINGS EVERY AIRMAN MUST KNOW!!!1
So you want to be a cyber-wingman, thwarting the efforts of cyber terrorists who would DDoS the nation into ruins? Then here are ten highly advanced cyber security tips (and… other stuff) that you must know.
Straight from the Cyberspace Operations – Air Force Doctrine Document 3-12. PDF available here.
- The United States is vulnerable to cyberspace attacks by relentless adversaries
attempting to infiltrate our networks at work and at home – millions of times a day, 24/7.
- Our enemies plant malicious code, worms, botnets, and hooks in common
websites, software, and hardware such as thumbdrives, printers, etc.
- Once implanted, this code begins to distort, destroy, and manipulate information,
or “phone it home.” Certain code allows our adversaries to obtain higher levels of credentials to access highly sensitive information.
- The enemy attacks your computers at work and at home knowing you communicate with the Air Force network by email, or transfer information from one system to another.
- As cyber wingmen, you have a critical role in defending your networks, your information, your security, your teammates, and your country.
- You significantly decrease our enemies’ access to our networks, critical USAF information, and even your personal identity by taking simple action.
- Do not open attachments or click on links unless the email is digitally signed, or you can directly verify the source—even if it appears to be from someone you know.
- Do not connect any hardware or download any software applications, music, or information onto our networks without approval
- Encrypt sensitive but unclassified and/or critical information. Ask your computer systems administrator (CSA) for more information
- Install the free Department of Defense anti-virus software on your home computer. Your CSA can provide you with your free copy.
Gen Norton A. Schwartz,
Chief of Staff, US Air Force
“Defending Our Networks and Our Country”