The Coast Guard on Wednesday told members the start of a massive recapitalization effort to replace more than 48,000 legacy workstations across the department “to ensure our mobile workforce is equipped with tools modern systems to effectively accomplish its mission “.
RADM’s Message David M. Dermanelian, deputy commander of command, control, communications, computers and information technology, said the C5I service center recently purchased more than 20,000 workstations “which will be rolled out to end users over the next few months ”.
“The oldest workstations will be replaced first. These models include 16,000 Dell OptiPlex 5040 series desktops and 3,000 Dell Latitude 5570s laptops, ”the post continued. “The new workstations are powerful, lightweight and highly portable, allowing users to work efficiently from home or on the go. They are equipped with the latest Intel i7 processors, 32 GB of RAM and solid-state hard drives for optimal performance.
The recapitalization announcement noted that supply chain issues in the private sector would likely result in “a longer delay than usual” before new workstations are delivered to the field, but promised that C5I’s workforce “will mobilize to deliver new workstations to end users as quickly as possible after delivery.
USCG “is fully aware of the impact of legacy hardware on the ability of the workforce to conduct day-to-day operations and is committed to providing the necessary technological resources in the most efficient manner,” and the new positions of work are ‘a key part of the technological revolution’ C5I Line of infrastructure effort.
Updates will be forthcoming regarding the deployment and delivery schedule of the hardware.
In mid-September, USCG began migrating approximately 24,000 non-cutter users to the Cloud-Based Internet Isolation (CBII) platform, the browser used by the Department of Defense, to help protect against cyber threats. The rest of the workforce will be migrated to
FY2022 and no later than September 30, 2024, a notice in September indicated, noting that the C5I service center was testing “CBII performance on high latency, low bandwidth units, and expected to provide acceptable performance. on board the cutters in the second phase of this implementation. “
“CBII enables safer internet browsing on websites other than .mil and .gov by redirecting user’s web browsing activities to a secure cloud environment,” the advisory reads. “In partnership with COMDT (CG-7) and CGCYBER, users of standard workstations carrying out official activities will have access to commercial emails, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin (previously restricted websites.” These sites were previously restricted.