NEWS | July 3, 2018

USARCENT Holds First Cyber Stand-down

By Maj. Andrew Benbow 335th Signal Command (T) Provisional

U.S. Army Central (USARCENT), G-6 (Office of the Chief Information Officer) held its first Cyber Stand-down at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, June 25 through June 29, to increase cyber awareness and reinforce best practices among personnel while using the computer network.

USARCENT units set aside two days during the five-day period for training on cyber security risk management principles and defensive operations to prevent network violations at the individual user level.

Soldiers received training on topics such as: insider threats, authorized use of personal electronic devices, and the proper handling of classified information. Also, for a specified period of time during the Stand-down, USARCENT G-6 restricted users’ access to and .gov websites.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Eddie Diaz, USARCENT Deputy G-6, said the training and network restriction were designed to remind users of how critical each individual is in protecting the network.

“Our information and networks are constantly at risk,” said Diaz. “We are the front-line defenders when it comes to protecting and defending our information systems. It is important for all of us to understand our role.”

The idea for the cyber stand-down originated during the USARCENT Best Cyber Ranger Competition, held on Camp Arifjan, May 8 through May 10. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brian Dorr, a cyber operations technician with Cyber Protection Team 100 from Fort Gordon, Georgia, suggested the event as a way to keep cyber security at the forefront of users’ minds.

“The fact that someone took my idea and acted upon it means someone was actually listening,” Dorr said. “There are lots of people with good ideas—I am probably not the first person who thought about this—but I am glad it is being implemented and hope to see an Army-wide impact.”