As the Army community continues to encourage teleworking, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command reminds users about cyber adversaries and the importance of keeping all information on the network safe.
As telework increases across the Army, network users play an important role in protecting the Department of Defense Information Network. CID encourages users to follow department-issued guidance and best practices as well as those developed by the DoD. This information will help ensure users maintain secure use of common capabilities and continue to operate effectively during telework status.
CID officials also remind the Army community that government-furnished equipment is for official government use only and is to be used only by authorized users. It is important to remind family members the computer is for work only and not to be used for other purposes. Users are encouraged to utilize good practices such as locking and removing common access cards and maintaining physical security of the equipment.
Additional important reminders for government teleworkers:
–The use of government-furnished equipment is always the preferred method for connecting to DoD resources.
–Adhere to organization-specific telework user guidance.
Use official connection services while conducting official business (e.g., VPN, MobiKEY, Skype for Business, and VidyoDesktop etc.) and log off from connection at the end of work day or during idle times.
–While connected to the NIPRNet, use of streaming video/audio and internet access is not authorized except for official business.
–Study and follow the acceptable use policy for government systems.
–Use approved communication and collaboration methods for official business.
–Work offline whenever possible.
In addition, the Criminal Investigation Command’s Major Cybercrime Unit continues to warn the Army community of ongoing Coronavirus-themed phishing attacks impersonating organizations with the end goal of stealing information and delivering malware.
“Cybercriminals are innovative and will take advantage of current browsing trends to conduct social engineering attacks,” said Edward Labarge, Director, Major Cybercrime Unit, USACIDC. “We have already seen this with malware infected COVID-19 maps and phishing emails related to the pandemic.”
Labarge recommends always inspecting the URL before following a link.
“When conducting research on COVID-19 or any other topic, you want to ensure you use good cybersecurity best practices,” he said. “This includes keeping your browser, operating system and antivirus software up to date. Additionally, you should never click on an unknown link. You can check the link by hovering your mouse over the URL to see where it leads.”
Some trusted sources available for use:
–The U.S. Air Force COVID-19 webpage: https://www.af.mil/News/Coronavirus-Disease-2019/
–Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
–USAF COVID-19 information page: https://www.af.mil/News/Coronavirus-Disease-2019/
–World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/
Please continue to exercise proper cyber hygiene while utilizing VPN and government computers as well as personal devices.
(Editor’s note: Information for this article was submitted by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.)