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    Critical Training Tests the Skills of Cyber Warriors

    Cyber Shield 2016

    Photo By Sgt. Stephanie Hargett | Lt. Col. Henry Capello, the Cyber Shield 16 (CS16) Exercise Commander and Louisiana...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Stephanie Hargett 

    335th Signal Command (Theater)

    CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. (April 22, 2016) – Cyber warriors from across the country gathered here April 18, 2016 to kick off Cyber Shield 2016 (CS16), a defensively focused U.S. Army National Guard cyber training exercise designed to educate and enhance cyber-capable forces. The initial welcome briefing introduced personnel to training available in the week ahead, to include classes on Intrusion Detection, Law of Data Security, and Threat Analysis.

    CS16 is a two-week training exercise; the first week consists of training classes, which participants can attend for recertification or continuing education credits used to maintain their existing credentials. The second week consists of the actual training exercise where teams will use their technical skills to defend the network in all out digital war.

    “Train as you fight,” said Lt. Col. Henry Capello, CS16 Exercise Commander/ Lead Planner and Louisiana Army National Guard Information Operations and Cyber Planner. “Cyber Shield is a premiere exercise the National Guard Bureau hosts for all 50 states and four territories to bring in their cyber defense operation elements, which helps us protect both the Guard-Net and the state’s or territories’ critical infrastructure and networks.”

    CS16 participants include Army and Air National guardsmen, Army Reserve soldiers, Marines and civilians from state government agencies, federal agencies, industry partners, and academia. “This is an opportunity for them to come here, train and hone their skills against a formidable enemy who mimics those actions of what we see every day,” said Capello.

    The training scenarios used during exercise week will imitate real-life by using a team system. Red Team will be the opposition forces (OPFOR) duking it out on the virtual playground of Cyber City against the defenders, or Blue Team. This team system allows participants to react in real-time to cyber training attacks and employ defensive maneuvers making this week’s training critical to exercise week success.

    Cyber Shield 2016 is unique because the training offered here is not usually a part of other cyber training exercises. For one soldier who attended the Intrusion Detection course provided by the SANS Institute, this was more than a week packed full of virtual knowledge, it was also a time for him to build a stronger bond with his cyber warriors.

    “I’m here mainly for training,” said Warrant Officer Candidate Tyler Hightree, a member of the Nebraska Army National Guard, Cyber Network Defense Team (CND-T). “Like the SANS course, they’re hard to get into or expensive. It’s hard to get the state to pay for it.”

    Capello explained that in previous Cyber Shield exercises, soldiers brought specific capabilities and skills, and he felt it is important to exercise them.

    “Based on that, we added training to develop those skills in either paid courses or brought in different soldiers and airmen or different entities from academic partners to come here and teach a specific task; various training you would see in the civilian world such as BRO,” said Capello.

    For Hightree this training not only allows him to earn the hours required to maintain his current IT certifications, but learn new skills that could be beneficial to him and the cyber world.

    “This is a whole new realm, right now I’m more server administration and not as much security,” said Hightree. “Not as many security principles have been applied, but with this training I can actually support our network administrator to provide better security.”

    It is vital these service members gain as much knowledge as they can here so they will be able to provide the best cyber security to our nation.



    Date Taken: 04.18.2016
    Date Posted: 04.24.2016 17:50
    Story ID: 196356
    Location: CAMP ATTERBURY, IN, US 
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