|Commentary: Network Security Depends on You |
Commentary: Network Security Depends on You
By Colonel William T. Lord, Director of Communications and Information, Air Force Communications Agency.
Scott Air Force Base, Illinois -- March 6, 2001 (AFPN) -- The security of Air Force networks depends on you. Without it, we can't leverage the immense power of information to increase the lethality of our warfighters.
Throughout the year, the entire Air Force is focusing on a unified campaign, "Global Vigilance, Reach and Power: Information Assurance in the 21st Century." This campaign is important to our Air Force because the next "Pearl Harbor" is likely to begin with a massive assault on our information systems.
Because of our increased reliance on computer networks to defend our nation, each military member, civilian employee and contractor must constantly remember when one person uses poor security practices, he or she imposes increased risks on all who use our networks.
With this in mind, don't become the weak link in the security of our networks. Make a continual effort to identify and eliminate any weak security practices. Help your co-workers by taking time to correct them when they use improper practices.
By making a continuous, conscious effort to improve security, you are doing much more than protecting your official e-mail or your administrative word processing files. You are protecting entire networks that have become integral to our national defense.
I encourage everyone to participate in and contribute to the 2001 Information Assurance Awareness Campaign activities, as the Air Force continues to provide world-class information superiority to warfighters. With diligence, we can stop the next Pearl Harbor before it begins.