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A Cyber Summer: Preparing the Way for Graduation

Stefanie Senkow
July 7, 2021

1/c Carolyn ZieglerNEW LONDON, Conn – How is First Class Cadet (1/c) Carolyn Ziegler preparing to be one of the first Cyber Systems graduates from the Coast Guard Academy? With an internship at Coast Guard Cyber Command (CGCYBER) in Washington D.C.

"Cyber is integrated with all Coast Guard missions and proves to be one of the most critical components in protecting our nation's maritime transportation system," said Ziegler.

In her five weeks at CGCYBER, Ziegler:

  • Worked towards earning her Battle Watch Captain (BWC) Personnel Qualification Standard, which allows junior officers to stand watch at Coast Guard Cyber Command.
  • Developed a professional step-by-step written guide on how to create an After-Action Report (AAR) for cyber incident response.
  • Saw firsthand how Coast Guard Blue Team conducts defensive computer assessments internally for Coast Guard networks and digital infrastructure.
  • Worked with CG Cyber Protection Team (CPT) as the Coast Guard's first operational deployable force for cybersecurity.
  • Engaged with the Coast Guard Admiral in charge of CGCYBER and the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Admiral Karl Schultz.

For Ziegler, this summer assignment confirmed how relevant protecting cyberspace is to all Coast Guard missions.

"All missions rely on cyberspace and technology. Threats in the maritime domain will increase in significance for the foreseeable future. Being ready today to defend our cyber assets and ensure all connectivity/technology is fully operational is the ultimate goal we are striving for as an organization," said Ziegler.

See how a degree in Cyber Systems can fuel your Coast Guard career.