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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Coast Guard mandates e-mail phishing training

The Coast Guard is ordering all personnel connected to its network to take mandatory training on how to avoid fake e-mail messages that try to acquire sensitive data in a technique known as phishing and even more highly targeted attacks known as spear phishing.  Last month, the Defense Department mandated that all its personnel take spear phishing awareness training by Jan. 17.

The Coast Guard is requiring the same of all Coast Guard personnel who connect to the services network over Standard Work Station III (SW III) computers, according to a Dec. 21 message sent to all personnel by Rear Adm.  The Coast Guards requirement stems from directives by the U.S. Strategic Command regarding DOD Information Operations Condition (Infocon) procedures and Homeland Security Department policy directives on sensitive systems, Hewitts message said.

Last month, DOD raised its Infocon status from Level 5, or normal operating conditions, to Level 4 in the face of continuing and sophisticated threats to DOD networks.

http://www.fcw.com/article97216-12-28-06-Web

Posted on 12/28
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