29 May 2019

US Chief of Naval Operations calls for navy cybersecurity

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson encouraged personnel to focus on navy cybersecurity in a speech at the NSA/CSS.

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson held an all-hands call for Navy cybersecurity for personnel while visiting the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS), May 21 in Fort George. Following an introduction by Vice Adm. Timothy ‘T.J.’ White, commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F), the CNO spoke to hundreds of Sailors and civilian employees from U.S. Cyber Command (USCC), NSA/CSS, FCC/C10F, and Cryptologic Warfare Group Six (CWG-6).

The speech gave Richardson the opportunity to engage the Navy cyber and signals intelligence workforce, and emphasise the priority of their mission at Ft. Meade. He expressed his high regard for their skills and abilities and remarked on the highly adaptable nature of the Information Warfare Community.

Adm. John Richardson said: “By all measures of performance, you’re as talented a Navy as we’ve ever had.”

“Cyber is growing fast and it will continue to grow. The demand of the world and the threats out there will have everyone turning to cyber.”

After speaking to the audience, Richardson opened the floor for questions. Sailors asked questions ranging in topics from issues concerning family planning and child care to retaining technical experts.

FCC is responsible for Navy information network operations, offensive and defensive cyberspace operations, space operations and signals intelligence. Comprised of over 14,000 Sailors, Reservists and civilians stationed across the world, C10F is the operational arm of FCC and executes its mission through a task force structure similar to other warfare commanders.

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