Cybersecurity awareness month highlights need for collective responsibility


By Sgt. Daniel Cole
U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

U.S. Army Europe Cybersecurity officials want to remind members of the U.S. forces community in Europe that October marks the 12th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and that it’s everyone’s duty to protect Army information and communications.

“October’s ‘awareness month’ highlights this year’s critical cybersecurity challenges and the importance of recognizing our shared cybersecurity responsibilities,” explains Daniel Hingtgen, chief of Cybersecurity, Policy, Programs and Training for the USAREUR office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications (G6). “This responsibility extends from the most basic computer user, to our most seasoned technical experts, and our most senior USAREUR leadership.”

Cybersecurity experts explain that in today’s world internet usage is a near must, but while people routinely use the internet at work, home, for enjoyment and to connect with friends and family, being constantly connected brings increased risk of theft, fraud and abuse.

“Our reliance on critical infrastructure and the digital technology that operates it makes cybersecurity one of the U.S.’s most important national security priorities, and one in which every American has a role to play,” said Hingtgen. “The slogan ‘cybersecurity is a team effort’ underscores that shared responsibility.”

During October, USAREUR cybersecurity officials say they plan to engage the Army in Europe community through events and initiatives designed to raise awareness, educate people about cybersecurity, and increase the resiliency of cyber infrastructure to prevent or respond to cyber incidents.

Cybersecurity courses will be offered in communities across USAREUR, officials added, to provide social networking systems awareness and training to Soldiers, DoD civilians, contractors and family members in the Army in Europe community.

Two sessions will be offered in U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Oct. 20, 9-11 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Reel Time Theater, Patch Barracks Building 2339.
USAREUR’s cybersecurity experts also recommended some basic, year-round cyber security tips:
• Set strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone.
• Keep operating systems, browsers, and other critical software optimized by installing updates.
• Maintain an open dialogue with family, friends and community about Internet safety.
• Limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid over-sharing.
• Be cautious about what you receive or read online–if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

For more cybersecurity tips, news, and resources highlighting NCSAM, or to post your own links and tips on social media sites, visit

Service members who need to complete their annually required cybersecurity training can visit

For more information on the USAG Stuttgart cybersecurity briefing sessions, contact DSN: 537-6423/6039/6043 or civ. 0611-143-537-6422/6039/6043.