The National Guard Has It’s First Cyber Protection Team

As anyone who has read the news these past few months and years knows, it seems like the United States of America and it’s businesses and security services are under constant attacks from hackers all over the world. Hackers that have been traced to Russia, China, and potentially other countries have struck at banks for social security information, companies with government contracts for blue prints and plans, and governmental services themselves in an attempt to gain access to secure servers. While not all of the attacks have succeeded, enough have that it got many people wondering why there seemed to be no protection against this sort of thing and whether the US government was engaged in any sort of cyber warfare or counter-cyber activities. Now, we have a public answer to our questions; the first cyber protection team for the National Guard just graduated and are ready to begin protecting out electronic interests from hostile agents. While this was probably already happening, this is the first public acknowledgement to that effect.

This cyber defense team is the first of a total of 11 cyber defense teams that the government is planning on building in the future. They will be fully integrated into the current efforts to both secure important data and prevent hostile hacking attempts that are currently underway. Made up of men and women from both the civilian as well as the military sectors, these cyber defense teams will work closely with private and public businesses as well as governmental agencies and security services to enhance current electronic defenses, probe for existing weaknesses in said defenses, and then create solutions to prevent those weaknesses from being exploited. The National Guard already responds to a variety of national and natural disasters such as floods, fires, and earthquakes. Adding the protection of our cyber front simply makes sense and they will bring the same level of quality and dedication to it.

If you’d like to read more, the link is here.