The Ship Communications Officer (SCO) Information Assurance
Manager (IAM) is a Civil Service Mariner (CIVMAR) employed
by the Navy to serve the Military Sealift Command (MSC)
onboard naval auxiliaries and hybrid-manned warships
worldwide, in peace and war. MSC exists to support the
joint warfighter across the full spectrum of military
operations. MSC provides on-time logistics, strategic
sealift, as well as specialized missions anywhere in the
world, in contested or uncontested environments.
The SCO (IAM) is the head of the Communications Department
and is responsible to the Master for all operational,
administrative and maintenance functions of the
Communications Department to include the ships Computer
Network he/she will function as the ships Information
Assurance Manager/Information Security Officer for all
matters related to Cyber security.
SCO (IAM) will keep the Master informed of all
capabilities, limitations and conditions of assigned
equipment in compliance with current policies and
instructions; and initiate actions to correct all equipment
deficiencies. SCO (IAM) is responsible for proper planning,
managing, and executing of all Communications Department
evolutions and Communications Department roles in ship-wide
functions. SCO (IAM) will manage the Command, Control,
Communications, Computer (C4) systems.
The incumbent is responsible for the proper operation,
maintenance and repair of electronic communications
information systems and equipment aboard the ship.
Responsible to provide appropriate safeguards of classified
and sensitive keying material, cryptographic publications,
messages, documents, equipment and related devices.
Maintains close liaison with the Master and Operations
Officer, staying abreast of the ship’s current and future
tasking. The SCO (IAM) must be cognizant of all
communication annexes for current operations or missions
assigned to the ship.
Maintains detailed knowledge of information found in Allied
Communications Publications (ACP), Naval Warfare
Publications (NWP), Naval Telecommunications Publications
(NTP) and other associated communication publications.
Responsible for maintaining/operating the ships onboard
Network, in the event of the loss of the CRET (IAT), until
a replacement is received onboard. Responsible to the
Master for ensuring all incoming and outgoing naval message
traffic is processed accurately and in compliance with
Ensures personnel in the Communications Department are
properly supervised, trained and instructed to efficiently
and accurately process naval message traffic and operate
equipment within the Communications Department area of
Responsible for ensuring an aggressive Safety Program is
established and maintained in the Communications Department
in compliance with current policies and instructions.
Coordinate with the Electrical Safety Officer (Chief
Engineer) and establish a Tag-Out/Lock-out Program within
the Communications Department and ensure compliance with
applicable safety standards and procedures.
Responsible for all tests, inspections and routine
maintenance of equipment within the Communications
Departments AOR as required by policy, instruction,
directive or competent authority
Responsible for the judicious and effective use of funding
for spares, consumables, and repair parts. Maintains and
manages both the Communications Department Watch Bill
assignments for watch personnel. Along with the work
assignment for Cyber Security Network personnel (IAT’s).
This SCO (IAM) is designated as a Cyber-IT/Cybersecurity
Workforce position in specialty area (System Security
Analyst (461 – primary) and Information System Security
Manager (722 – secondary) and as a condition of employment
incumbents of the position are required to comply with the
DON Cyber IT/CSWF Program requirements of SECNAV M-5239.2.
Everything in this position description is considered
essential functions of this position. Performs all other
duties as assigned.
Tagged as: Unlicensed