Cyber units try to ruin your day
There is a good chance you have never heard of a Cyber Protection Team, but if you have encountered one in a training exercise, there is an even better chance that they ruined your day.
This year the 301st and the 172nd Cyber Protection Teams are at Grafenwoehr to apply their craft to sharpen the defensive measures of units fielded for Saber Guardian 19.
Their goal is to create chaos by accessing the network and either disabling it or stealing classified information and using it against the units involved in the exercise.
In previous years, the cyber threat has been notional and offered little training value beyond reminding commanders to consider cyber threats when planning and executing their missions. This year, that came to an end.
“We were asked by U.S. Army Europe to come and red team for them,” said Capt. Joe McNerney, battle captain for the 301st CPT. “This is the first time cyber threats are simulated. In the past, they were white cards so this is much more realistic and adds greater training value.”