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Breaking Through the National Guard Cyber Training Backlog with Hands-On, Cloud-Based Learning and Practice

By Angela Shugarts • Posted over 1 year ago


Between the current nationwide pandemic and the election , cybercrime is on the rise and is expected to grow even more this year. A recent report in Cybersecurity Ventures predicts cybercrime damages will cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015. Cyberattacks are the fastest growing crime in the U.S., and they are increasing in size, sophistication, and cost. With current events and expected growth in cybercrime impacting national security, domestic and federal cyber operators with the National Guard require ‘always available’ training to prepare for the challenges ahead.

Further, government agencies and businesses are seeing cyber crimes accelerate in a short period of time. During a four-month period at the start of the Covid-19 outbreak (January to April) “one of INTERPOL’s private sector partners reported 737 incidents related to malware and 48,000 malicious URLs” occurring during that time frame. Clearly, cyber criminals are always creating new ways to attack, so it’s imperative that domestic and federal cyber operators are properly trained to stay one step ahead of adversaries. Easier said than done, right? The variability in state guard unit development plus the inherent imbalances between federal and domestic mission priorities make persistent training left to be desired at best. However, we know that advanced cyber training for National Guard units can best support and enable workforce growth and help minimize accelerating attacks—and we can help.

A complete cyber training program that provides remote, hands-on learning to empower National Guard cyber unit operators upskill and retool at all times is available through Circadence’s Project Ares platform. The platform helps National Guard cyber professionals keep skills sharp against evolving cyber threats that occur at the domestic and federal mission level. The solution offers foundational, intermediate, and advanced cyber learning content specific to government, military, and related cyber issues. Its patented cyber range-as-a-service technology delivers authentic virtual machine-based exercises. Cyber preparation with real-life cyber threat scenarios provides realistic experiences to gain even more hands-on training. Some other benefits of hands-on cyber training with Project Ares are:

  • Skills improvement and maintenance – Gamification and relevant activities boost learning retention rates to 75% compared to traditional classroom cyber security training methods. This ensures professionals learn the latest tools and tactics and can apply them within real-world cases.
  • Reduced training costs – In-game advisor and umpire, and red/blue/white team guides eliminate the need to hire oversight. Automated adversary responses further conserve human resources, sustaining training budgets.
  • In proactive approach reduces risk environment – Staying ahead of evolving threats helps teams take proactive measures to safeguard their organization, which in turn, keeps civilian life and the economy stable, safe, and secure.

Now is the time to provide National Guard cyber unit operators with the extensive training to be prepared for increased cyber threats occurring today and for tomorrow’s national events. Could your National Guard unit or team benefit from gamified cyber training? Experience a free trial to ‘feel’ it for yourself.

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