Guard cyber teams key asset in cyber defense
National Guard members continue to be an integral element in cyber defense, the Guard’s top general said during a recent roundtable discussion at the Pentagon on the cyber mission set.
“When I first joined the National Guard cyber was not part of our vocabulary,” said Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau. “Now, it’s one of our daily battlegrounds.”
More than 3,900 troops make up the Guard’s cyber element, said Lengyel, adding that includes traditional part-time units as well as full-time units that work directly for U.S. Cyber Command.
“The Air National Guard always provides two [cyber protection teams], and on the Army side, the Army [National Guard] always provides one, that are continuously mobilized and doing duty for U.S. Cyber Command and the cyber mission force,” said Lengyel.
Guard cyber teams have also responded in support of local and state authorities, including earlier this year in Texas and Louisiana.