“The threat is real,” says Mr. Rory Kinney, U.S. Transportation Command deputy director Command, Control, Communication and Computer Systems directorate. “If we don’t remain vigilant with our own personal and professional security posture, security breaches can occur.”
“Cyber criminals are running increasingly more sophisticated scams and schemes, and if we aren’t careful, they will exploit weaknesses in our security to get what they want as they did in my case,” explains Mr. Kinney, referring to his recent experience with personal identity theft.
Mr. Kinney said that his experience, along with countless other experiences like his, and the possibility that a cyber attack could be used as a major attack against the United States are among many reasons President Obama has designated October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).
During NCSAM 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its partners from the public and private sector are highlighting the importance of protecting against cyber crime. DHS has adopted “Stop. Think. Connect” as the motto for this year’s campaign, which asks users to consider their actions and remember that what they do online may affect others.
Commit to practicing good cyber security habits by taking a few basic steps to be more secure:
-Lock down privacy, access, searching, and sharing settings on social networking sites.
-Disable features that automatically broadcast your location or tag a photo with a current location.
-Do not reveal mission-related information, such as your unit, deployment, activities, or operations tempo, and request that family members do the same.
-Be wary of accepting invites from names you either vaguely know or don’t know at all.
-Limit the personal information you post online, and if possible, do not post your full name, birth date, school information or work history.
-Do not tag identifiable pictures of yourself online and if others have posted pictures of you, un-tag yourself.
-Make sure to constantly check your privacy settings; some sites change many of their privacy features regularly.
A split-second after Barry Schulhofer aimed the stubby, weapon and called out “Taser, taser, taser,” Army Sgt. Brant Hall realized that volunteering to be shot with the Human Electro-Muscular Incapacitation device may not have been his wisest decision.
U.S. Transportation Command officials have discovered many service members may not realize their entitlements when shipping personal vehicles as they move overseas or return.
Transportation experts from U.S. Transportation Command and Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command formed a fusion team Aug. 4 to more quickly evaluate and address critical issues affecting the U.S. military's privately owned vehicle shippin
Thirteen military cargo ships from the East, West and Gulf coasts have activated as part of U.S. Transportation Command’s Turbo Activation Exercise Series.
Baker is the USTRANSCOM liaison officer serving a six month deployment to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.