The U.S. Army has conducted a month-long cybersecurity exercise that aimed to test soldiers’ ability to detect unusual network activities and avert cyber attacks, Defense Systems reported Monday.
Twenty-seven vendors and more than 300 service members took part in the service branch’s Cyber Quest event, according to the report.
Soldiers were tasked to deflect simulated attacks and other automated actions that represented potential intrusions, malicious actors and various threats as part of the drill.
“We want to defend networks and provide the operational edge with an ability to detect new attacks and remediate those attacks in a rapid fashion,” said Lt. Col. Stephen Roberts, Army officer in charge of Cyber Quest 2017.
Maj. Gen. John Morrison, commanding general of the Army Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon, noted the exercise included a combination of simulated cyber and electronic warfare attacks.
Results of the drill will be included in a special report for the Army Training and Doctrine Command.