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STAND-TO! Edition: Friday, December 28 2012

Today's Focus:

Antiterrorism Quarterly Theme- Cyber Threat

Senior Leaders are Saying

Thank you for your unwavering service and sacrifice. Army Strong!

- Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, along with his wife, Jeanne, sends holiday greetings to Soldiers.

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III and Mrs. Jeanne Chandler's holiday greetings

What They're Saying

Morale is as important as bullets.

- Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Crabtree, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Rakkasans, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

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December

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Today's Focus

Antiterrorism Quarterly Theme - Cyber Threat

What is it?

The Army antiterrorism theme for the 2Q/FY13 is Cyber Threat. The purpose of the theme is to promote Army-wide understanding of adversaries' use of cyberspace to conduct attacks and the fundamental security measures associated with protecting Army networks and critical resources from cyber attack.

Why is it important to the Army?

The increased security presence on military and government installations since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is an example of our antiterrorism mitigation efforts. So far these programs have generally been successful in preventing new attacks. However, as chances of success are diminished in the physical realm with increased security, adversaries are increasingly looking for cyber vulnerabilities to achieve their desired effect. As such, the cyber attack option requires minimal resources, can provide anonymity, and often presents less risk of failure.

Over the past several years, the cyber threat to our Army and our nation has become pervasive. What is not widely known is that cyber threats most often target human behavior through social engineering, using methods such as spear phishing.

Compliance with information security policy, directives, and instructions by users is our first line of defense against adversaries in cyberspace. Overall, the best mitigation measure for these risks is cyber threat awareness.

What is the Army doing?

Areas to focus on throughout 2Q/FY13 include: understanding the cyber threat environment and adversary tactics, actions to take to prevent cyber attacks, and where to report attempts to degrade or destroy Army networks.

Antiterrorism awareness products supporting this theme are available on Army Knowledge Online. Examples include: Cyber Threat and Mitigation brochure, Beware of Phishing Scams brochure and poster, Protection of Operational Information brochure and poster, Cyber Attack Cycle booklet, Cyber Threat Vignettes booklet, and a Cyber Threat Resource Guide.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The antiterrorism awareness quarterly themes continue throughout FY13:

- Antiterrorism Strategic Planning (3Q/FY13): Issuance of a revised strategy from the Department and subsequent updating of Army subordinate commands' strategic plans
- Use of Social Media (4Q/FY13): Advantages, limitations, and use of social media for antiterrorism awareness initiatives

The Department of the Army will host the 13th Annual Army Worldwide Antiterrorism Conference from Feb. 4-8, 2013, at the Shades of Green Armed Forces Recreation Center. As a major focus area for the conference, the Army Cyber Command will support the conference with updates and initiatives to protect Army networks from cyber threats.

Resources:

Army Antiterrorism Enterprise Portal (ATEP) and iWATCH Army
Army Cyber Command

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