DoD, National Guard Working to Improve How States Respond to Cyber Threats

The Department of Defense is working with the National Guard on a new plan to help states and federal agencies improve coordination and information sharing during a cyber emergency, Fifth Domain reported Tuesday.

Defense officials described the plan as a concept of operation providing a framework for how the federal government can share information to state officials and agencies to improve their cybersecurity.

“That concept of operation helps shape that framework for how that information can flow up and down,” said Lt. Col. Jody Ogle, director of communications for cyber programs at the West Virginia National Guard. He noted the plan is still in draft form. 

Aside from disaster response and recovery efforts, the National Guard also provides assistance to states responding to major cyber threats or incidents, mainly securing critical infrastructures, such as power plants, water treatment plants or major ports.

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