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House Pushes for Hacker Training

Lawmakers tacked on a requirement for specialized training for U.S. cybersecurity troops in this year’s defense authorization bill. 


Last Thursday, the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities voted to create a joint certification and training program for cyber opposition forces by March 31, 2017. Under this new proposal, every geographic combatant command worldwide would be required to sign an agreement with the Defense Secretary to use these "cyber opposition forces,” and agreements to deploy friendly hackers against combatant command cyber warriors would be required to be signed by Sept. 30, 2017. 

Speaking on background to Nextgov, a House Armed Services Committee official described the groups as a new type of red team, "like the aggressor squadrons in the Air Force that support Red Flag" – an annual exercise for fighter pilots held at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

These cyber red teams would attack throughout the year during practice scenarios in addition to the annual Cyber Flag competition.

In the House version of the Defense Authorization Act, it identifies the need to address “deconflict training from real-world activities that may happen on mission networks,” and a key component of the training "will be through the use of cyber opposition forces that can realistically emulate the types of threat actors these teams will likely face.”

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Tags: National Intelligence , National Defense Authorization Act , cybersecurity, cyber-security issues, cyber training, hacking, house of representatives



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