Story Number: NNS140808-06Release Date: 8/8/2014 11:41:00 AM
By Jacky Fisher, Navy Cyber Forces Public Affairs
NORFOLK (NNS) -- The Fleet Functional Area Manager (FAM) department of Navy Cyber Forces (NAVCYBERFOR) will host a Fleet Waterfront Applications Workshop Aug. 18-20 at the 32nd Street Base Theater in San Diego. See COMNAVCYBERFOR Suffolk, VA Navy message 010900Z AUG 14 for details.
Gaining traction and still on a shoe string budget, FAM hosted the three-day workshop in April at the Afloat Training Group Auditorium, Naval Station Norfolk. It was open to waterfront commands and commands using afloat applications.
As with previous workshops, the itinerary for 2014's East Coast event was based on user-identified training needs on software, applications and systems as defined in the more than 1,300 Fleet Applications and Solutions Team (FAST) Fleet-wide surveys. FAST surveys allow the curriculum to be tailored-to-fit each audience based on current Fleet needs.
In the Norfolk iteration, in addition to the applications curriculum, a 'Cyber Day' was added to present overviews on Host Based Security System (HBSS), Vulnerability Remediation Asset Manager (VRAM) and Assured Compliance Assessment Solution (ACAS). Those who take advantage of the 'Cyber Day' portion are eligible to receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for COMPTIA Recertification for the three apps.
Military personnel, government civilians and contractors from 44 commands, afloat and shore based, comprised the audience. With an array of personnel and issues to address, critique responses were overwhelming positive, but equally diverse.
"Real Fleet issues and solutions," is how one attendee characterized their experience with the COMPOSE (Common Personal Computer (PC) Operating System Environment) block. Another attendee said, "There is more I can do to be a better administrator," about the eSOMS (Enterprise Shift Operation Management System) block. One attendee wrote that he learned about "the existence of MFOM (Maintenance Figure of Merit) 2.0." The workshop was well-received across the board and the critiques support the need and the desire to have them continue.
"Slow and steady," is how John 'Jay-T' Toomer, NAVCYBERFOR Fleet FAM, describes FAM/FASTs progress in picking up steam Fleet-wide. Turnout for the Norfolk workshop was approximately 300 personnel, with many of those attending multiple sessions. "An upward trend along with visibility from senior leadership is good for any program," added Toomer.
As FAM/FAST sees an upward trend, what hasn't changed is the mission to identify and address afloat deficiencies by decreasing security vulnerabilities, removing bandwidth hogs (old or redundant applications), and working with Program Offices to identify required fixes and expedite them to the Fleet. Subject matter experts (SMEs) from the various Program Offices located on each caost continues to keep the training costs minimal.
With mission and minimal cost to the Fleet in mind, think about this - a FAST visit is not an inspection. Senior leadership and key personal are given an in-brief upon the team's arrival - where it is reiterated, "FAST is not an inspection!" FAST works from a predetermined stationary site as well as walks around to ensure as many departments as possible are given the opportunity to ask questions or submit complaints.
At the conclusion of a FAST visit, the commanding officer is given an out-brief outlining identified issues. FAST visits takes as long as required to get everyone's input; usually a half to a full day. It is the Sailors best opportunity to get an issue fixed before pulling away from the pier.
FAST visits can be request by any afloat command by contacting the NAVCYBERFOR Fleet FAM department at Fleet_FAM_FAST@navy.mil.
Additional application support and/or training can be requested by contacting Navy 311 via one of the following methods: 1-855-NAVY311 (1-855-628-9311); DSN 510-NAVY311 (510-628-9311); e-mail Navy311@navy.mil (unclassified) and Navy311@navy.smil.mil (classified); Navy message at NAVY THREE ONE ONE NORFOLK VA; or via the web at www.Navy311.navy.mil (unclassified) and www.Navy311.navy.smil.mil (classified).