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Naval Academy Excels at Cyber Security

Posted on: August 06, 2013 08:00 EDT by Naval Academy Public Affairs

The Naval Academy passed an intense, week-long cyber security inspection conducted by the Fleet Cyber Command Office of Compliance and Assessment July 22-Aug. 1.

The inspection was designed to be a thorough, scored assessment of the academy's compliance with information technology requirements set by the Defense Department, Department of the Navy, Defense Information Systems Agency and National Institute of Standards and Technology. 

It was an evaluation of the command’s “cyber posture,” said Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Michael Miller.

The 11-person inspection team spent four days scanning, analyzing and scoring the academy’s network and infrastructure, computers and computing devices, applications, user accounts, and management programs, processes, and procedures.  

The inspection team also evaluated computing habits as they related to command climate, culture, and operational behavior of Naval Academy computer users.

“Thousands of requirements were checked to measure compliance,” said Miller.

Cmdr. Reese Zomar, officer in charge of the inspection team, characterized the Naval Academy’s results as the best he had ever seen for an unclassified network system.

“The inspection team was amazed at the size and complexity of the Naval Academy’s computer environment and our creative ability to balance the mission while complying with tough IT security constraints,” said Lou Giannotti, the academy's deputy for information technology services.

Because the academy network must support a wide variety of needs not only as a military institution but as home to more than 4,000 students, preparing for the inspection was a challenge, said Giannotti.

“Our IT infrastructure is complex and supports organizations outside of traditional Navy boundaries,” he said. “Our midshipmen, faculty and staff are creative, demanding and intense computer users, requiring technology that supports academics, research, business, athletics, and social computing.”

Everyone working at the academy came together to ensure the inspection was a success, Giannotti said.

“This external review and inspection provided us with another perspective,” he said. “There is no doubt that the Naval Academy will be better for the experience.”

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