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US Army National Guard activates first cyber protection team

The Army National Guard's first cyber protection team received its new shoulder sleeve insignia during a ceremony conducted by US Army Cyber Command/Second Army.

Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, commanding general, US Army Cyber Command, cited the ceremony as a major milestone for Army cyberspace operations, Guard and Reserve forces and for the Army.

"It is another indication of the tremendous momentum that the Army is building to organize, train and equip its cyberspace operations forces," Cardon said. "Army Cyber Command is taking a Total Force approach to building and employing the Army's cyber force."

The new cyber protection team is the first of almost a dozen similar Army National Guard/active duty cyber protection teams, according to Cardon.

Cardon cited the experience that Army Guard soldiers bring with them from both the military and civilian sectors as being beneficial to the mission. "They bring a wide range of experience, not only from serving in the Army National Guard, but also from working in industry, state government or other government agencies," he said. The teams will be responsible for conducting defensive cyberspace operations, readiness inspections and vulnerability assessments as well as a variety of other cyber roles and missions.


•Date: 23rd October 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Critical infrastructure protection

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