AUGUSTA, Ga. – Members of the Georgia Nationwide Guard participated in Cyber Dawg 21, a live-action cybersecurity train Sept. 13-17 on the Georgia Cyber Heart.
The Georgia Know-how Heart created and led Cyber Dawg 21 to apply and refine cyberattack response by state businesses.
Troopers and Airmen from Georgia’s Military and Air Nationwide Guards educated alongside civilian counterparts from varied state businesses. Additionally taking part had been troopers from the international locations of Georgia and Argentina. The Georgia Nationwide Guard maintains formal relationships with the international locations underneath the Nationwide Guard’s State Partnership Program.
“The Georgia Nationwide Guard continues to play an enormous half in our plan for cyber protection in Georgia,” mentioned David Allen, chief data safety officer of the Georgia Know-how Authority. “Any likelihood we are able to get collectively and prepare collectively pays massive dividends.”
Troopers taking part in Cyber Dawg 21 got here from the one hundred and seventieth Cyber Safety Crew, 781st Troop Command Detachment, 78th Troop Command, Georgia Military Nationwide Guard.
The Georgia Air Nationwide Guard despatched Airmen from the 202nd Engineering Set up Squadron and the 283rd Fight Communications Squadron, 116th Air Management Wing, and the 224th Joint Communications Help Squadron, one hundred and sixty fifth Airlift Wing.
Cybersecurity is a comparatively new and quickly rising discipline creating in response to the difficult, harmful threats of the digital age.
The U.S. Military created its cyber department in 2014, making it the most recent department of America’s land-based drive. The Georgia Military Nationwide Guard’s one hundred and seventieth CPT organized in 2015 and is without doubt one of the first three cyber safety groups shaped within the Nationwide Guard.
The essential want for cyber warfighters within the Division of Protection has made Georgia Guardsmen extremely educated and skilled companions to different state businesses. Cyber Dawg 21 introduced these professionals collectively to coach and study from one another.
“The Georgia Nationwide Guard has carried out very properly [in the exercise],” mentioned Allen. “The state staff that take part all the time don’t have anything however nice issues to say about how a lot they study from the Georgia Guard crew once they come and take part.”
The Georgia Know-how Authority organized Cyber Dawg 21 individuals into blue, pink and white cells. The blue cell simulated a fictional group defending itself from cyber threats and responding to assaults. Crimson cell individuals represented the train’s adversaries, looking for and exploiting vulnerabilities within the community surroundings. The white cell facilitated Cyber Dawg 21, monitoring, coaching and making certain the train occurred with out stoppages.
Georgia Guardsmen embedded in all three cells had been in a position to share their information with different state businesses whereas gaining distinctive approaches to cybersecurity from their civilian counterparts.
“This train has been nice,” mentioned U.S. Military Grasp Sgt. Tammy Giles, a cyber operations noncommissioned officer assigned to the one hundred and seventieth Cyber Safety Crew, 781st Troop Command Detachment, 78th Troop Command, Georgia Military Nationwide Guard. “I’m extraordinarily joyful that Georgia does one thing like this.”