Cyber warriors training hard to defeat adversaries, Army cyber leaders said at AUSA

The Army is ramping up its cyber operations capabilities with training exercises, hardened cybersecurity, cyber weapons development and new policies, reports FCW.

"[Cyber] threats are real, growing, sophisticated and evolving," LTG Rhett A. Hernandez, commander of Army Cyber Command, said at the recent Association of the United States Army conference in Washington, according to NextGov. "In cyberspace, the significant advantage will go to the side that can protect and secure critical information as well as gain and exploit advantages.”

Commanders across the military are building cyber into training exercises. For example, Army cyber warriors showed their skills in a recent exercise to degrade opposing forces’ command and control systems by 40 percent and also used social media to target locals, LTG Donald Campbell, commanding general of the Army’s III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas, said at AUSA.

In another setting, the U.S. Army Europe’s 5th Signal Command also has incorporated cyber into training, including the use of a mock phishing scam to simulate the release of malware into a network critical to operations, reported Stars and Stripes.

“What you will see over time evolving is cyberspace becoming more mainstream in all our training avenues across the Army,” said Patrick Manners, a development director for Army Cyber Command.


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