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    One of the highlights of the 2017 AUSA Annual Meeting was a presentation "Cyber Attacks Are Borderless" held by Brig. Gen. Joseph McGee, Deputy Commander for Operations, US Army Cyber Command and Maj.Gen. Garrett Yee, Military Deputy Cyber Security, CIO in which the speakers expressed their views on the role of cyber sphere for the security issues.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) —  The Deputy Commanding General Joseph McGee for The US Army Cyber Command said on Wednesday that the US Army’s cyber branch has the same status formally reserved for artillery, infantry and armored units.

    ​"The Army created its own cyber branch, equivalent to infantry and armor," McGee stated during a presentation at an event in Washington, DC. "The cyber branch has the authority to operate just like an armor group."

    Joseph McGee explained that the Army differentiates itself from the other military services’ cyber programs in that it has developed a career track for soldiers wanting to work long term in cyber units.

    The general claimed that the US Air Force, Marines and Navy mostly pull their cyber warriors from other disciplines such as electronic warfare and signals and, after a short time, send them back to their units shortchanging a full time commitment to cyber offense and defense.

    The US Army Cyber Command, also known as ARCYBER, will be located at Fort Gordon in the US state of Georgia by May 2018 when new facilities will house Army cyber operations and command-control functions.

    Fort Gordon, which hosts the Army's Cyber Center of Excellence, will also be home to 1,200 cyber soldiers and civilians.

    The Army lead for network modernization Maj. Gen. Garrett Yee said during the presentation with McGee that the military branch is aggressively working to improve the security of its networks.

    "The Army will be fully migrated to Windows 10 in 2018, which has better security. We are replacing switchers and routers that are vulnerable to cyber-attack and locking down infrastructure or hardening local area networks," Yee stated.

    The Army is migrating its networks to sit behind Joint Regional Security Stacks (JRSS) and aiming to reduce its connectivity to the public Internet, Yee added.

    The JRSS is a suite of equipment that performs firewall functions, intrusion detection and prevention, enterprise management, virtual routing and forwarding and provides a host of network security capabilities, according to the Defense Information Systems Agency.

    The Association of the US Army is a non-profit organization that acts primarily as an advocacy group for the military branch. The association was founded in 1950 and has 119 chapters worldwide.


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