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Cyber, IT Personnel Play Cyber War at Training Program

Cyber and information technologies professionals got a work out in a recent game called Cyber Flag, taking part in a training program where teams had to defend themselves by executing cyber operations.

The U.S. Cyber Command’s Cyber Flag 12-1 exercise in the first week of November had some 300 in attendance, according to a release on the event.

The goal was to provide realistic training through a virtual environment, where the blue force of “good guys” had to defend their own networks.

The report indicated that the operation, “focused on mission integration between Cyber Command and the cyber components from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines,” some of which were in attendance.

Army Gen. Keith Alexander, commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, said the, “active [military], [National] Guard, Reserve, civilians and contractors as well as from the combatant commands and DoD agencies,” took part in the exercise.

The training and exercise including daily briefings where attendees examined how synchronized and integrated their cyber tactics were and established best practices through the blue force’s actions.

The report indicated that the exercise provided a framework for future operations.

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