The Coast Guard has released its cyber strategy. The Coast Guard’s vision for operating in the cyber domain is to “ensure the security of our cyberspace, maintain superiority over our adversaries, and safeguard our nation’s critical maritime infrastructure,” it said in the report’s executive summary.
The Coast Guard said its operations are more effective because of the rapid evolution in cyber technology, and advanced technologies have also led to an unprecedented era of efficiency of the Maritime Transportation System (MTS). However, with these benefits come serious risks. Information and its supporting systems are continually attacked and exploited by hostile actors. Foreign governments, criminal organizations, and other illicit actors attempt to infiltrate critical government and private sector information systems, representing one of the most serious threats we face as a nation, the Coast Guard said in its Cyber Strategy document. As the Coast Guard relies on modern digital information and communications systems to execute its missions, it must defend against those who threaten them. The Coast Guard must also build and sustain an operational advantage in cyberspace to ensure optimal integration of information and intelligence with our operations.
The Coast Guard said would focus on three specific strategic priorities in the cyber domain over the next 10 years: defending cyberspace, enabling operations and protecting infrastructure.