Cyber Command tests gov't collaboration in wake of attacks

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The U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) recently oversaw a two-week exercise in attack readiness called “Cyber Guard 14-1.” The exercise was designed to test “operational and interagency coordination” among participants, and their ability to thwart, respond to and recover from critical infrastructure attacks from foreign adversaries, a Defense Department release said.

Launched in 2011, this year's Cyber Guard event was hosted by the FBI in Quantico, Va., and completed this month.

More than 550 participants were involved in the exercise, most of them National Guard service members from 22 states, DoD said. Participation from the National Guard was integral, DoD added, as the organization “plays a key role in directly helping the states affected by a cyber incident, allowing federal forces to focus on their more traditional mission."

Representatives from the private sector and academic fields were invited to observe.

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