Cyber Awareness & Risk Management

Coast Guard Releases New Facility Inspector Cyber Job Aid

The Coast Guard has published a new Facility Inspector – Cyber Job Aid, in order to provide the service’s marine safety personnel with additional guidance as they address facilities’ documented cyber vulnerabilities. This publication provides the Coast Guard workforce with the tools needed to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.  This compliments the recently published Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) No. 01-20: Guidelines for Addressing Cyber Risks at MTSA Regulated Facilities on March 25, 2020 which provides guidance to facility owners and operators on complying with cybersecurity requirements to assess, document, and address computer system and network vulnerabilities.

The Facility Inspector – Cyber Job Aid is intended for use as a guide by Coast Guard facility inspectors for gaining familiarization with cyber activities at MTSA-regulated facilities.  Facility security personnel may likewise reference this guide for additional familiarization.  It is important to keep in mind that the Facility Inspector – Cyber Job Aid is not a substitute for applicable legal requirements, and alone is not a single-source guide to compliance.

This job aid is not intended to be regulatory and is only meant to assist facility inspectors in applying cyber guidance and regulations when conducting facility inspections, and when reviewing cyber components of a Facility Security Assessment (FSA) and Facility Security Plan (FSP). Additionally, this Aid can assist in facilitating discussions between Coast Guard and facility personnel as they address cyber risks and vulnerabilities.

A NVIC and Job Aid Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) List has been developed and will be updated based on questions and feedback received.

The Facility Inspector – Cyber Job Aid can be found on the Coast Guard’s Office of Port and Facility Compliance Job Aids page.  The NVIC can be viewed by searching docket number USCG-2016-1084 on the on the Federal eRulemaking Portal at https://www.regulations.gov

To submit feedback on the Job Aid and the NVIC contact CDR Brandon Link, (202) 372-1107, email Brandon.M.Link@uscg.mil.

This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.