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Peterson preps for Command Cyber Readiness Inspection

From 21st Communications Squadron

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The 21st Communications Squadron and 561st Network Operations Squadron are in the final stages of preparations for their Command Cyber Readiness Inspection scheduled for Aug. 20-24. CCRIs are a biennial inspection conducted by the Defense Information Systems Agency to assess the compliance status and operational readiness of Peterson’s nonsecure internet protocol router — known as NIPR — and secure internet protocol router, or SIPR internets, as well as traditional and physical security of base facilities.

What you may not realize is, just like a unit compliance inspection or operational readiness inspection, all personnel who use AFNet NIPR or SIPR play a critical role in the preparations and ultimately the overall score Peterson receives. All users can assist the 21st CS and 561st NOS through the following activities:

• Leave your NIPR machines powered-up at the end of the duty day and fully log out

• Turn on all SIPR machines every Tuesday and Thursday for patches and vulnerability scanning. Leave them on for the majority of your shift, if possible.

• Follow proper operational security guidelines

For unit-level information assurance officers, the communications squadron has sent out a series of guidance documents and request IAOs:

• Follow information assurance, emanation security, communication security and computer security guidelines

• Conduct spot checks of your unit to ensure compliance

• Completely log off computers at the end of each day. Do not just pull your Common Access Card and remain logged in.

• Do not leave your CAC in the card reader when you are away from your computer. Pull your CAC to lock your workstation.

• Always digitally sign messages with hyperlinks and attachments. Be cautious of phishing attempts when receiving emails with links and attachments that are not digitally signed.

During the CCRI itself, there should be minimal impact to the average end-user. With that said, users may experience latency or other delays in reaching network resources as vulnerability scanning is conducted by the inspectors. Additionally, inspectors will visit base facilities to assess physical security and may conduct interviews of unit personnel. If questioned by an inspector, do not make up an answer; refer the inspector to your unit IAO or to the 21st CS.

If you have questions or concerns about the CCRI, contact the Peterson Comm Focal Point at 21cs.cfp@us.af.mil or 554-2666 option 3.

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