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Coast Guard Outlines 3 Lines of Effort in Cyber Strategic Outlook; Rear Adm. Michael Ryan Quoted

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The U.S. Coast Guard has released a new cyber strategy that comes with three lines of effort: defend and operate the service’s Enterprise Mission Platform; safeguard the Marine Transportation System; and operate in and through cyberspace.

The service said the Cyber Strategic Outlook updates its 2015 Cyber Strategy to ensure its readiness to perform all missions in a contested cyber domain, protect the maritime transportation sector through a rule-based international order and counter adversaries in cyberspace.

The Coast Guard outlined measures to defend EMP. These include investing in artificial intelligence, cloud, automation, sensors, mobility and other capabilities to provide a resilient and secure environment for operations, strengthening the cybersecurity posture of supply chains and advancing interoperability with U.S. Cyber Command the Joint Force.

For the second line of effort, the service has proposed to apply the prevention and response framework to help industry manage cyber risks to maritime critical infrastructure, promote information sharing and refine cyber incident reporting requirements and field deployable cyber protection teams, among others.

The Coast Guard will extend cyber operations via the electromagnetic spectrum in support of operational commanders, deploy cyber mission and support teams and leverage relationships with the Department of Defense, intelligence community, federal law enforcement and foreign allies to advance use of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to identify cyberthreat actors, among other steps, to execute the third line of effort.

Rear Adm. Michael Ryan, commander of the Coast Guard’s Cyber Command, said the release of the new strategy comes amid recent cyberattacks on critical infrastructure, according to a report by FedScoop.

“It really is about revitalizing the focus of our organization,” he said of the Cyber Strategic Outlook.

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