DVIDS – News – Cyber ​​Discovery Trains National Guardsmen and Gives Back to Communities

The Idaho National Guard hosted seven states June 4-18 for a regional cyber exercise that provided cybersecurity assessments to a dozen Idaho agencies.

The exercise, Cyber ​​Discovery, provided a week of cybersecurity training for more than 50 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming. During week two, teams were assigned to provide assessments to the following agencies: Blaine County School Districts, Caldwell, Fruitland, Melba, Mountain Home, Twin Falls, and Vallivue; Gem, Power, and Washington counties; Idaho Courts and Idaho Department of Labor.

“This exercise assesses the level of cybersecurity awareness and implementation across multiple state, local, territorial, and tribal agencies throughout Idaho and builds the capacity of cyber soldiers and Airmen in our region,” said Col. Dan Lister. , Chief of Information, Idaho Army National Guard.

The exercise was conducted as part of the DoD-sponsored Cyber ​​Innovative Readiness training program. Guards received training from the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency, then assessed a local government agency’s cybersecurity efforts and provided genuine feedback to the organization for areas to improve or maintain. Each mission partner received a brief and a 200-page assessment as part of the exercise.

“There is a benefit for our team to have a common third party provide insight into our cybersecurity controls,” said Jennifer Dvorak, chief information security officer for Idaho Courts. “It helps us understand where to focus our energy.”

Additionally, the assessment can be used by agencies to apply for grants for additional funding and improvements.

After completing the exercise, participants were able to earn a qualification in Cyber ​​Resilience Review and External Dependency Management.

“The CISA training was invaluable in learning how to properly conduct a cyber resilience assessment,” said Master Sgt. Eric Wilkens, North Dakota Air National Guard. “The value of the training was taking that training and immediately returning it and using it with a mission partner. We were also able to give back to a community partner, which encompasses what the National Guard is all about.”

In addition to the exercise, Idaho Army National Guard cyber soldiers briefed Idaho Technology Services, the Governor’s Office Information Technology Branch, on Wednesday on the results of the exercise. a recent penetration test. The results provided in-depth detail and analysis that addressed three areas of cybersecurity: reconnaissance, vulnerability fingerprinting, and limited exploit demonstration.

“The test itself was without a doubt the most thorough and challenging we’ve had,” said Jeff Weak, director of ITS. “Not only was it the best yet, but the report and briefing was also exceptional. I appreciate all they have done for us, and look forward to working with the Army National Guard.” from Idaho in the future on some of the corrective measures »

The assessment took over a month and saved the state over $500,000.







Date taken: 17.06.2022
Date posted: 18.06.2022 01:31
Story ID: 423327
Location: BOISE, ID, United States





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