Call out the cyber-soldiers of the National Guard

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Cyberterrorism at 9:56 am by George Smith

It’s no longer particularly eye-opening that the US government views almost every problem, domestic and global, as something that could be helped by more militarization.

However, it is dismaying that when much of the rest of the world wants much less militarized US national security presence on the global networks, the polar opposite moves smoothly ahead domestically.

More teams of “warriors” often seem to be the only answer to just about everything in cyberspace, down to defending some a police department in Albuquerque after hackers compromised its network with malicious phishing e-mails, a now common place and fairly trivial occurrence nationally and globally.

A reader informs that California has taken up an offer from the National Guard to scan its network computers for vulnerabilities and to conduct penetration testing.

Excerpts from a piece posted at National Guard dot mil explain the background, which is being ramped up nationally:

With cyber attacks occurring more frequently and becoming more complex, the National Guard is stepping up its efforts to defend critical infrastructure networks and develop the next generation of Cyber Warriors.

More than 300 Soldiers, Airmen and civilians from 35 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and the District of Columbia converged at the National Guard Professional Education Center for the 2014 Cyber Shield Exercise from April 22 to May 2. While the scenarios they encountered were simulated, the malicious attacks came fast and furious, representative of what network defenders face in the real world.

The Guard’s CNDTs not only protect the National Guard’s information highway but also are mandated with assisting federal and state governments to provide vulnerability assessments and help protect their networks. Just as they are available to governors to respond to natural disasters, each individual CNDT is prepared to answer the call. In March, the New Mexico Army National Guard responded to a cyberattack in Albuquerque.

“We act as advisors to the governor,” said Col. Raphael Warren, G6 for the New Mexico Army National Guard and officer in charge for the 2014 Cyber Shield Assessment Team. “We had an incident where the activist group Anonymous attacked the Albuquerque Police Department and we [took] that opportunity to get some insight into how those attacks occurred.”

Unlike federal troops who are bound by the Posse Comitatus Act, Guard Cyber Warriors can assist local and state law enforcement.

There is always a money side, too.

The National Guard dot mil piece makes it quite clear the need for militarized cyber-defense is also about searching for justifications for expanded budgeting, including joint programs for continuing education of “cyber warriors” at local schools.

“[The National Guard Public Education Center] and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) are exploring a partnership to provide improved course content development, internships, certificates and degrees for PEC instruction, reads the piece. “Coupled with UALR’s certified and accredited instruction, PEC will continue to be instrumental in providing skilled cyber warriors to support a wide range of federal and state cyber missions.”

“It’s a win-win that way and the money that we’re spending that is already been put on the table is a double benefit,” one of the Guard’s cyber-soldiers added.


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