Air Force 10 Principles for Cyber


  1. The US is vulnerable to cyberspace attacks by relentless adversaries attempting to infiltrate our networks—at work and at home—millions of times a day, 24/7.
  2. Our enemies plant malicious code, worms, botnets and hooks in common websites, software and hardware, such as thumb-drives, printers, etc.
  3. Once implanted, this code begins to distort, destroy and manipulate information, or “phone” it home. Certain code allows our adversaries to obtain higher levels of credentials to access highly sensitive information.
  4. The enemy attacks your computers at work and at home knowing you communicate with the AF network by email, or transfer information from one system to another.
  5. As Cyber Wingmen, you have a critical role in defending your networks, your information, your security, your teammates and your country.
  6. You significantly decrease our enemies’ access to our networks, critical USAF information, and even your personal identity, by taking simple action.
  7. Do not open attachments or click on links unless the email is digitally signed, or you can directly verify the source—even if it appears to be from someone you know.
  8. Do not connect any hardware or download any software, applications, music or information onto our networks without approval.
  9. Encrypt sensitive but unclassified and/or mission critical information.
  10. Install the free Department of Defense anti-virus software on your home computer.