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John Herring: Army Deploys Commercial Network Forensic Tools at Semi-Annual NIE Exercise

cybersecurityThe U.S. Army deployed a team of digital forensic experts at the branch’s recent Network Integration Evaluation activity to help participants troubleshoot tactical network issues during the field exercise.

Network forensic professionals from the Army’s Electronic Proving Ground employed a help desk-like system to address data or voice network complaints throughout the NIE 14.2 event, the Army said June 16.

“The [network forensics] team we took out there brought a commercial-off-the-shelf suite of software,” said Sgt. Maj. John Herring, USAEPG senior enlisted advisor.

“When people were probing the network, those guys could see all that,” Herring added. “It’s a phenomenal tool for commanders to use.”

According to the Army, network forensic tools are designed to help operators and systems administrators configure a network, recover data and preserve network integrity.

“It’s a very good help desk tool, with very quick turnaround,” said Ari Nguyen, a civilian and project engineer at USAEPG.

“If something was acting up, you may not know it at the application or user level, but for them [the network forensics team], they could see it [network issue] pop up,” Nguyen added.

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