Indiana National Guard in the US has activated the previously announced 127th Cyber Protection Battalion.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, the battalion will comprise around 100 citizen-soldiers and will work to prevent cyber-attacks on military networks.

The activation ceremony was held at the Indiana War Memorial.

Indiana National Guard Brigadier General Dale Lyles said: “This force structure enhances, complements and strengthens Indiana’s efforts to provide a world-class approach at Camp Atterbury and Muscatatuck Urban Training Center for cyber training, testing and experimentation.

“It also provides a mechanism to connect with key players in both within Department of Defense and the private sector working inside the cyberspace.”

Overall, the unit’s cyber operations specialists will operate a cybersecurity company, a cyber warfare company and two cyber protection teams.

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They will report to Army National Guard’s 91st Cyber Brigade based in Virginia.

Currently, the battalion will work to make the unit fully mission capable. The unit is commanded by Lieutenant colonel Rose Gilroy.

Gilroy said: “This unit brings unique capabilities and capacity to support our state, the joint force, and our nation.

“The Army National Guard, Army Cyber Command and US Cyber Command recognise the tremendous value of our cyber soldiers working with leaders and partners full time in their civilian careers.

“The partnerships we build and the skills that are honed on a daily basis are absolutely invaluable to all parties.”

Indiana National Guard is part of the larger Army National Guard and the Air National Guard, and has served in home and overseas to protect Americans and critical infrastructure.