Georgia National Guard completes Cyber Dawg 21 exercise
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Georgia National Guard completes Cyber Dawg 21 exercise

20 Sep 2021 (Last Updated September 20th, 2021 12:41)

The live-action cyber security exercise was developed and managed by Georgia Technology Center.

Georgia National Guard completes Cyber Dawg 21 exercise
Participants and leadership of exercise Cyber Dawg 21. Credit: US Army / Captain Bryant Wine.

The Georgia National Guard in the US has participated in the Cyber Dawg 21 exercise, which was held in Augusta, Georgia, US, from 13 to 17 September.

The exercise, which took place at the Georgia Cyber Center, saw the participation of 60 members from 20 organisations across the US state, including the Georgia National Guard.

Soldiers from the 202nd Engineering Installation Squadron, 283rd Combat Communications Squadron, 116th Air Control Wing, 224th Joint Communications Support Squadron, 165th Airlift Wing, 170th Cyber Protection Team (CPT), 781st Troop Command Detachment, and 78th Troop Command took part.

Troops from the countries of Georgia and Argentina also joined Cyber Dawg 21.

Georgia Technology Center was responsible for developing and directing the live-action cybersecurity exercise.

Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) chief information security officer David Allen said: “The Georgia National Guard continues to play a huge part in our plan for cyber defence in Georgia.

“Any chance we can get together and train together pays big dividends.”

According to Georgia National Guard captain Bryant Wine, the exercise was conducted to enhance, practice and refine responses to state agencies’ cyberattacks.

The GTA divided Cyber Dawg 21 participants into a blue cell, red cell and white cell.

The blue cell was involved in defending itself from cyber threats and responding to attacks, while the red cell participants represented the exercise’s adversaries.

Meanwhile, the white cell facilitated, monitored, trained, and ensured that the Cyber Dawg 21 exercise operated without any problems.

Georgia National Guard 170th CPT cyber operations non-commissioned officer master sergeant Tammy Giles said: “This exercise has been great. I’m extremely happy that Georgia does something like this.”