Cobra Gold 19: Royal Thai, US conduct first ever cyber range

The Royal Thai Armed Forces alongside the U.S. Marine Corps and Washington Air National Guard executed the first Cobra Gold Cyberspace Field Training Exercise at the Royal Thai Air Force Headquarters in Bangkok, Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 11-22, 2019.

The Cyber FTX is a combined defensive cyber operations training environment focused on identifying and defending critical information and warfighting systems against a cyberspace attack. There has been a heavy emphasis on increased protection in the cyberspace domain within the U.S. Department of Defense, which makes cultivating cyberspace defense with U.S. multinational partners the next logical step in becoming better trained to combat the threat.

The cyber range allows Royal Thai and U.S. forces to work together to patrol a network, like a squad conducting a security patrol, in order to illuminate and eradicate adversary presence. If they detect any threat, then those details are reported up the chain of command to the Cyber Defense Operations Center, or CDOC, in order to find an effective solution to defeat the threat.

“This cyber range is important, especially for the Marine Corps, because we’re getting our first real repetitions and sets as the [Defense Cyber Operations – Internal Defensive Measures Company] working together,” said a defensive cyber operator with DCO-IDM Co., 7th Communication Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group. “We’ve been training constantly up until this point, and this is the first time we can actually implement what we’ve learned and put it to trial by fire.” ..Read More..

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