U.S. Cyber Attacks Itself. Declares Victory.
Three hundred participated in an exercise to practice their cyber defense skills on a private virtual network in which participants were split into two sides that engaged in offensive and defensive cyber tactics, said Col. Rivers J. Johnson of the command’s public affairs office.
He said there were two cyber teams–the “good guys” and the “bad guys”–and those on the opposing forces tried to infiltrate the Cyber Command’s networks with malware and other forms of network intrusion.
“There were a variety of scenarios based on what we think an adversary would do in real world events and real world time,” Johnson said. “It was a great exercise.”
Johnson said that although the Cyber Command was not always 100% successful in mitigating attacks, the majority of threats were quickly identified and deflected “in a timely manner.”
Cyber Command chief Gen. Alexander agreed that the exercise showed that his command has developed effective cyber-security defense capabilities. In a press statement, he deemed the exercise a success, saying it “exceeded” his expectations and showed a team effort, with respective cyber commands from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines also participating.