Caution is appropriate, preparedness is appropriate, panic is not.
~ Navy Medicine Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams
The novel coronavirus pandemic presents an opportunity for malicious actors to conduct spearphishing campaigns, financial scams, and disinformation campaigns via social media to collect sensitive information, steal money via fake donation websites, spread false information, and deliver malware to victims.
Navy departments around the world are responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected internationally. On this website you can find information and guidance from NAVSEA Leadership.
“Coronavirus” is a generic term used to talk about a family of viruses that are passed from animals to humans. There are a total of seven known coronaviruses, including COVID-19 which is the one we’re dealing with now.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.”
It started in Wuhan, China. Scientists believe it started at a market that sold both live and dead animals.
It’s spread like the cold and flu via “respiratory droplets” (sneezes, coughing, exhaling). People may come into contact with these droplets and either inhale them or transfer them to their mouth, eyes, or nose.
They are a lot like the cold and flu – fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms can start between 2 and 14 days after exposure. COVID-19 seems to focus on the respiratory system and can result in pneumonia and other issues which makes this more severe than a cold or flu.
Older people with compromised immune systems or existing respiratory issues seem to be the most impacted.
This information is changing rapidly, please pay attention to local news for the most up-to-date information in your area. All states have reported cases of COVID-19, the CDC website has a map with this information.
Not at this time, but according to the WHO, “Possible vaccines and some specific drug treatments are under investigation. They are being tested through clinical trials. WHO is coordinating efforts to develop vaccines and medicines to prevent and treat COVID-19.”
Yes, follow your local and government news.
ANTIVIRUS HOME USE PROGRAM
DISA completed a contract for the Anti-virus for Home Use program. The URL for Home use Anti-virus is: https://www.disa.mil/Cybersecurity/Network-Defense/Antivirus/Home-Use.
If you need a collaboration site that doesn’t require VPN, recommend the use of MilSuite. https://www.milsuite.mil
USE OF COMMERCIAL VOICE AND VIDEO CAPABILITIES
CYBER HYGIENE BEST PRACTICES
With many of us teleworking, it’s critical that we continue to practice proper cyber hygiene to ensure we do not open ourselves and the Navy’s networks to attack. Here is a quick list of “Do” and “Don’ts:”
- DO REBOOT your machines PRIOR to connecting to the VPN
- DO NOT use Social Media to post about your work scenarios/situation, how you are connected or any of our capacity, capabilities or limitations
- DO NOT stand up your own commercial collaboration capabilities (Zoom, Slack, WEBEX, etc.)
- DO NOT open unknown attachments while teleworking.
- DO NOT browse the internet while connected via the VPN unless required.
- DO NOT connect thumb drives to your computer. USCYBERCOM is detecting a spike in unauthorized USB connections into machines connecting remotely. This WILL DISABLE your machine until it is analyzed. This impacts operations and creates extra work for our service desk.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO?
WHAT IS NAVSEA DOING TO HELP MITIGATE THE SPREAD OF COVID-19?
On 8 MAR 20, the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness sent out civilian personnel guidance tied to COVID-19. NAVSEA will continue to align with higher headquarters in how we approach preparing for and responding to COVID-19. With that in mind, here is some general guidance:
All employees who are telework-ready should be prepared to telework should their worksite close – this is a Continuity of Operations (COOP) requirement.
In the event that there is a declared pandemic health crisis then all employees can be ordered to work from home or an alternative work location without regard to whether the employee has a telework agreement in place.