Coast Guard prepares for cyber incidents by focusing on ‘people, process and technology’

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The Coast Guard’s strategy for defending its networks doesn’t just rely on technology. At a time when many employees are working from home, the Coast Guard also puts a heavy emphasis on training its people and having good security processes in place from the start, according to Capt. John Henry, operations officer at Coast Guard Cyber Command.

Technology has its place, too. Henry says automation is...

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Date: On demand
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 
No Fee

The Coast Guard’s strategy for defending its networks doesn’t just rely on technology. At a time when many employees are working from home, the Coast Guard also puts a heavy emphasis on training its people and having good security processes in place from the start, according to Capt. John Henry, operations officer at Coast Guard Cyber Command.

Technology has its place, too. Henry says automation is making it easier to respond to incidents by automatically securing artifacts and other forensics. The Coast Guard aims to detect and understand cyber attacks quickly, so it can share that information internally, with other agencies, and with its partners in the Marine Transportation System.

“We actually focus on keeping the network safe through people, process and technology. Having our people trained on good cyber hygiene habits at home, making sure that they don’t click on those malicious phishing links, or that they don’t visit websites that may drop malware onto their computer. Having the processes in place that enable our workforce to use remote technology, whether it’s VPN or it’s another way for them to check their email from home.”  – Capt. John Henry, Operations Officer, Coast Guard Cyber Command.

“Automation is a strong look into the future. So that you don’t always have to have a person right there when an incident happens so that they can secure the necessary artifacts or the forensics, to find out what happened and why.” Capt. Henry

“It’s super important to understand not just the technology or not just your network, but the environment of breaches and the history of breaches. Because while the code itself might be unique, a lot of the times, it’s the same thing just repackaged in new ways. And if you understand what has come before, it better prepares you to plan for what’s next.” – Justin Tolman, cyber forensics subject matter expert, Exterro.

Learning objectives:

  • Coast Guard Cyber Command Overview
  • Cyber Incident Response

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Featured speakers

  • Captain John Henry

    Operations Officer, Coast Guard Cyber Command

  • Justin Tolman

    Forensic Subject Matter Expert, Exterro

  • Justin Doubleday

    Reporter, Federal News Network