On Friday the US Army activated what it is calling a “Cyber Protection Brigade”.
According to a post on Army.mil’s website:
“The Army is activating a Cyber Protection Brigade today, and discussing a new cyber branch that could be established as early as next month.
Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney D. Harris, Army Cyber Command, said the branch announcement could come as early as the second week of October, during the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual meeting.
The Cyber Protection Brigade is being activated by the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command at Fort Gordon, Georgia. It’s the first brigade of its kind in the Army and the nucleus of the new unit will be its cyber protection teams, according to the command.”
The cyber soldiers who are highly trained by the military will help defend the Army’s systems, but will also include offensive strike teams.
“The cyber teams will be roughly platoon-sized, but vary depending on their mission. The combat-mission or offense teams are larger, Harris said. The network defense or cyber-protection teams are mid-size.”
The Army may create a new cyber branch next month. It can take up to three years to train a NCO cyber leader, making it one of the longest training cycles. And with computer attacks increasing every day, the Army is focusing on obtaining and retaining troops who have cyber skills.