‘Cyber Warriors’ selected to defend critical infrastructure

The National Guard is standing up cyber warriors to protect the vulnerable critical infrastructure in the communities where they serve.

A team of 10 Ohio National Guard cyber warriors has been selected to participate in a pilot program designed to protect critical infrastructure that services military installations. The Ohio National Guard Cyber Mission Assurance Team (CMAT) participated in a network and industrial control systems threat assessment exercise as part of Cyber Shield 19 at Camp Atterbury, Ind., from April 5-19, 2019.

“The Cyber Mission Assurance Team we’re piloting was designed to fill a gap in mission assurance for Department of Defense critical infrastructure outside the gate,” said Col. George R. Haynes, Chief of Cyberspace Operations, National Guard Bureau. “Inside the post we’re able to do a pretty good job. But once we get outside the post, we don’t really have a person that’s focused on the area of responsibility outside the post with our mission partners.”

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Source: U.S. Army