Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Washington National Guard: Model for Cyber Defense?

My friend Russ McRee pointed me to an article recently: WA National Guard focusing on cyber security. From cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 article:

The Washington National Guard is leveraging a decade of investment in cyber security at Camp Murray in Lakewood into projects that could protect state and local governments, utilities and private industry from network attacks.

The aim is to bring to cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 digital world cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 kind of disaster response cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 National Guard already lends to fighting wildfires and floods, said Lt. Col. Gent Welsh of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Washington Air National Guard.

“Just as ‘Business X’ needs cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 National Guard to come in and fill sand bags, ‘Business X’ might need to call cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 National Guard if it’s overwhelmed on cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 cyber side,” Welsh said.

The new task plays to a growing strength in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 state’s National Guard, which draws on employees from companies including Microsoft and Amazon to provide special expertise in its network warfare units.

I first learned of this initiative when Russ Tweeted about it in June. In an email exchange he described his role in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Washington State Guard (WSG):

"The WSG is an all volunteer force that is a state defense force, with what is typically an emergency management mission. See Title 38 of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Revised Code of Washington (RCW). WSG is also authorized by Federal law, Title 32 of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 United States Code.

We most often serve as liaison officers in support of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Emergency Support Function (ESF) 20 (defense support for civilian authorities) function per Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Incident Management System (NIMS) / Incident Command System (ICS) guidance during major events (disasters, natural or human caused).

WSG remains a place where extremely experienced soldiers who have exceeded age requirements for active/reserve service can continue to serve as well as folks like me with no prior service who can't get cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 federal services to consider cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365m for age reasons.

We can be called to active duty but in-state only. I was on active duty with orders for two days in June for a major statewide exercise. When we're called up for such activity we become peer in rank and responsibility to our National Guard counterparts.

I'll also be seeing some active duty time again in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 immediate future in support of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 initiatives mentioned in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 article."

I think this is a great start on a journey towards applying private sector expertise to national digital security problems, but on a local scale. The News Tribune article mentions that cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Guard (in all its forms) is working to figure out how it can provide help to besieged companies, from a legal and logistical perspective.

I think this line from cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 news article summarizes a key cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365me in this discussion:

"We're not going to wait for cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 feds to hand us everything," Welsh said.

In our Federal system, we should allow cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 States (per cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 10th Amendment) cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 freedom to innovate, and cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365reby invent multiple approaches to fighting digital threats.

6 comments:

C.J. Collier said...

wait. you know PVT Mcree?

Tom Harper said...

The effort in Washington state is a replication of a similar and more mature effort in Virginia. Richard, if you are interested in details please contact me.

Richard Bejtlich said...

Tom, sure, I would like to talk. Can you email me

Taosecurity at gmail dot com ?

Thank you, Richard

Anonymous said...

There is similar effort in Estonia - http://uusweb.kaitseliit.ee/en/cyber-unit

Ian Lyons said...

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Couldn't this become a slippery slope, though? Would cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Governor have to be cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 one to mobilize cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 "cyber troops," as it were?

C.J. Collier said...

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PV2 Adams-Collier
Washington State Guard