Coast Guard members load relief supplies and gear onto an aircraft at Coast Guard Air Station Miami, Florida, Sept. 22, 2017. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Dickinson)

Coast Guard Needs Fresh IT, People to Keep Networks Secure

With cyberattacks growing more frequent and sophisticated than ever before, a small Coast Guard office is busy updating the service’s old IT systems to stay one-step ahead of the latest online threats.

As head of the branch’s Cyber Command, Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday is tasked with defending the IT networks, telecommunications, and command and control systems for the service’s global fleet. In a conversation with Nextgov, he outlined his plans for keeping the service safe and stressed the need for agencies to change the way they view security in the years ahead.

“If we think about cyberspace as an operational domain … it means investing in [technology] as a strategic asset,” he said. “You can’t paint a racing stripe on it … like we do with our cutters and our aircraft, but it’s just as important to getting the mission done as the traditional assets that are very visible.”

Read more at NextGov

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