Commentary

March 21, 2014

CCRI wraps up today

Maj. RAYMOND CHESTER
56th Communications Squadron

The inspectors from the Defense Information Systems Agency arrived Monday to test the Thunderbolt cyber rigor. It’s the day our Command Cyber Readiness Inspection began. Many of you may have heard the phrase “CCRI,” but may not understand what it is. Think it’s just a “Communications Squadron” thing? Read on.

The enemy works tirelessly to find a weak link in our cyber defenses. With the declaration of the Air Force Network as a weapon system, it is vital we protect it. The CCRI is a holistic look at everything cyber-security here at Luke Air Force Base. The DISA team, on behalf of U.S. Cyber Command, inspects how well we are doing. They look at several facets of our cyber operation to include our network security through computer patching compliance, as well as end-user security practices.

The 56th CS works hard to “patch” systems when users are not using their computers. Our goal is to minimize impact to daily ops.

After all, the net is here for the mission, not the other way around. However, there are times when we have to request the user’s permission to remotely access their computer while in use because a critical patch didn’t take for some reason. For example, when a user turns off their computer, we cannot push patches. When a user takes their laptop home, we cannot push patches. Other times the user’s client stops talking to the patching system or simply refuses to accept a patch. In those instances the only remedy to get your machine “healthy” is to have it reimaged. The 56th CS has published an aggressive schedule to have those users bring their systems in and will continue working extended hours until every last computer is healthy. It is important to meet your scheduled time but if you can’t, simply contact the patching team and other arrangements will be made.

This is where you come in. First, at the end of the day, log off your computer, but do not turn it off. If your computer is off, the patching system cannot see your computer. Second, if you have an Air Force laptop at home, bring it in once a week and physically connect it to the network. Clients will not receive updates when connected by VPN. Lastly, if you have a Secret Internet Protocol Router Network machine, SIPRNet for short, ensure it is connected to the network and booted up during the duty day every Thursday. Thursdays are SIPR patch days so if your machine is not booted up, it will miss critical updates.

In addition to patching, the team will inspect our security practices. Again here’s where you play a vital role. They will visit many units on base, this may include yours. During these unit visits, the inspectors will look at how well users follow common security rules. Do you remove your Common Access Card when you leave your workstation? Do you properly mark all removable media? Are closets that contain communications equipment neat and orderly? Do you know and practice Information Protection security rules? If you can answer “Yes,” then your area is well on its way.

The CCRI is not an inspection of the 56th Communications Squadron. It is an inspection of the entire wing and how well everyone follows security procedures. If you have any security questions, call your wing information assurance office at 623-856-3560 or the wing information protection office at 623-856-3734.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Pg-1-photo-150612-F-EC705-058

Emerald Knights go out with bang

Emerald Knights watch a burning piano during the 308th Fighter Squadron inactivation party June 12 at Luke Air Force Base. The 308th FS and aircraft maintenance unit have packed up and are transitioning to the 314th FS standing...
 
 
2_lemery_d2

Respect — want, earn, give, but don’t lose it

Lt. Col. David Lemery We all want it, some earn it, some are given it and some lose it. Respect can be defined as a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities or achievements. As ...
 
 

Solve problems at lowest level

Crucial in our Air Force environment today is having the proper tools and skillsets available to deal with problems. There is literally something new almost every single day that will invoke problem solving skills. When faced with a problem, an important mindset to have is to resolve the issue at the lowest possible level. Some...
 

 

News Briefs June 26, 2015

607th ACS change of command Lt. Col. Charles Jones will relinquish command of the 607th Air Control Squadron to Lt. Col. Jerald Canny in a ceremony at 8 a.m. Wednesday in Hangar 999.   CMS change of command Maj. Scott Hall will relinquish command of the 56th Component Maintenance Squadron to Maj. Anthony Sutton in...
 
 

Fighting Falcons arrive at Holloman

Courtesy photo Six F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 308th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base arrive in formation June 16 at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. The 308th FS has inactivated and the soon to be activated 314th FS assumes the 308th FS mission of training F-16 pilots as a 56th Fighter Wing...
 
 
5_Courtesy-photo

Monsoon season blows in storms, rain, dust

Courtesy photo Arizona is known for being sunny with clear skies for the majority of the year, but every year “it” happens. As the clouds roll in, the sky darkens with thunderbolts streaming overhead, and the first drops of...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>