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    Cyber Shield 2015 tests Ohio’s Computer Network Defense Team

    Cyber Shield 2015 tests Ohio’s Computer Network Defense Team

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    Story by Staff Sgt. George Davis 

    Ohio National Guard Public Affairs

    CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — In March members of the Ohio National Guard Computer Network Defense Team joined other National Guard states’ cyber defenders here for Cyber Shield 2015, an exercise designed to develop the defensive skills of the Soldiers and Airmen tasked with securing their organizations’ computer networks.

    Forty-six states and territories as well as several federal, state and academic organizations were represented in the exercise, according to Maj. Robert Felicio, operations officer for Cyber Shield 2015 and a North Carolina National Guard member.

    The exercise simulated state government cyber security situations that required Computer Network Defense (CND) Teams, acting as Blue (friendly) Cells, to respond to the simulated security issues presented during various scenarios. Other teams acted as Red (enemy) Cells, generating the security issues by trying to gain access to or corrupt Blue Cell network activity. Other select individuals served as White Cell members and were responsible for oversight of the exercise and evaluation of Red and Blue Cell operations.

    “There is a cyber battle space that is out there. States realize that this battle space is important,” Felicio said. “What the National Guard brings is all the civilian skill sets that are already out there. The Guard is filled with employees that work at all of these security and IT firms and have years and years of experience. States realize that we have the current assets to help facilitate training, advisement and assisting the other state agencies that are out there.”

    Ohio’s team had Red Cell, Blue Cell and White Cell components made up of Soldiers from Joint Force Headquarters-Ohio and Airmen from the 179th Airlift Wing, 121st Air Refueling Wing and 269th Combat Communications Squadron.

    “This exercise really helps us evaluate our mission essential tasks, which are provided to the cyber security teams,” said Lt. Col. Teri Williams, the Ohio National Guard CND Team leader. “We’ll train all year on these tasks, and then we get to come to an external evaluation event that allows us to validate that we are able to respond to a state incident for cyber security.”



    Date Taken: 03.27.2015
    Date Posted: 03.27.2015 15:41
    Story ID: 158382
    Location: CAMP ATTERBURY, IN, US 

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