Washington, Sep 17: U.S. Cyber Command teams has been deployed in Europe to hunt and track adversaries attempting to disrupt U.S. democratic processes, stopping adversaries from stealing intellectual property and even personally identifiable information.
“This was done exquisitely in the midterm elections,with three different elements being able to move forward into Europe. noting that Cybercom was able to tell partner nations, “We know that adversaries are within your network, and let’s identify them,”Army Gen. Paul M. Nakasone spoke at the Association of the U.S. Army’s “Hot Topics” forum on Army cyber and networks today.
“Stopping attempts to interfere with democratic processes is one of the ways Cybercom supports national security objectives, Nakasone said. Another is stopping adversaries from stealing intellectual property and even personally identifiable information, known as PII,” he said.
He said the big difference between defensive cyberspace operations today those of more than a few years ago is the ability to deploy teams forward and project power.
Recent ransomware attacks in Louisiana and Texas had governors call out their National Guard cyber teams, he said. Ransomware attacks that affected 23 local governments in Texas had that state’s governor call out Army and Air Guard cyber personnel to conduct an assessment and help with recovery efforts.
In July, three different school districts in Louisiana came under cyberattacks, and the governor declared an emergency, asking National Guard cyber personnel to help so that thousands of students could get back into their classrooms.
“This is a new venue. This is a new capability,” Nakasone said.
The National Guard and Army Reserve are adding 21 cyber teams to the 20 defensive cyber protective teams already in the active component, he said.
The nation invests just under $2 billion annually in its cyber force.
An integrated network of cyber, electronic warfare and information operations is already bringing capabilities to commanders around the globe, he said, adding that capability will continue to grow exponentially.
“Every single day as we take a look at operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and other places within Central Command, they are leveraging the capabilities of Army Cyber,” he said.