U.S. Cyber Command leads military exercise in competition in effort to strengthen nation's cyber security

July 6, 2021
The competition happened in the wake of months of escalating cyber attacks, including ransomware attacks on Colonial Pipeline and on JBS USA beef provider.

FORT MEADE, Md. – Cyber professionals from the U.S. and several other countries competed last month in an annual competition led by U.S. Cyber Command meant to enhance the nation’s cyber security in wake of months of devastating attacks. The Hill reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

6 July 2021 -- The annual Cyber Flag competition this year brought together 430 cyber professionals on 17 teams representing U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade, Md., and U.S. defense agencies, the House of Representatives, the National Guard, and the U.S. Postal Service. It also incorporates teams from the United Kingdom and Canada.

Each year, the teams are presented with a scenario involving a major cyber incident, with this year’s scenario involving an attack by two adversaries on a logistics support depot. The competition wrapped up on 23 June and operated across eight time zones, with teams competing to win.

The event is the Department of Defense's largest annual cyber military exercise, and this year used a virtual training platform to enable teams to compete from their home bases. As a result, the exercise was five times larger than in previous years.

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