DISA CCRI is here!

Courtesy of 86th Communications Squadron

Team Ramstein will be scrutinized by the watchful eye of the Defense Information Systems Agency during our annual Command Cyber Readiness Inspection May 22 to 26. The CCRI is an in-depth look at our cybersecurity posture and will measure our technical and operational compliance against cybersecurity and computer network defense policies.

The 86th Communications Squadron, the 86th Airlift Wing Infor-mation Protection and Cybersecurity Offices, and a host of cyberspace mission partners who reside in the KMC, have worked vigorously to prepare for the CCRI. Lt. Col. Steven Brummitt, 86 CS commander, said it takes a massive effort to be “cyber-ready.”

“With three wings, a MAJCOM Headquarters, an air operations center and numerous tenant organizations, the KMC is among the most complex operating environments a cyber operator can hope for. DISA will evaluate Team Ramstein against 15 technical areas, five Computer Network Defense directives and 15 contributing factors. Each inspectable area comes with its own unique set of challenges, and ensuring success in each area requires a different team of subject matter experts and often, a different set of tools. Several inspectable areas require the synchronized efforts of no fewer than six different units, under five different chains of command. Consequently, the 86 CS and numerous mission partners have been preparing for this inspection since last September. Fortunately, commanders across the enterprise and the installation understand the importance of the “third runway” of cyber operations, and have wholeheartedly supported preparation efforts over the last eight months.”

Ramstein depends on each and every network user to practice good cyber hygiene to keep our networks secure.

“We are defending the most contested battle space in recent history, the cyber domain. Beyond this CCRI, we must shift our battle rhythm  to ‘Cyber Ready 365’ to combat this faceless adversary. We depend on the Department of Defense community as a whole to protect it,” said Master Sgt. Aaron Williams, network operations section chief.

By exercising these points below, you’re doing your part in keeping our networks secure and “Cyber Ready 365.”

• Always maintain positive control of your Common Access Card, network tokens, and line badge.

• Leave computers on, and restart them daily. This enables patches and updates to completely install.

• Ensure Secret Internet Protocol Router computers are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon to receive security patches and updates. Never leave an active SIPR machine unattended!

• Follow end of day security checks to ensure classified information is secure and document on Standard Forms 700, 701 and 702.

• Only connect authorized USB devices into government computers.

• Know your unit cybersecurity liaison. They are your first stop for all cybersecurity matters.