National Guard

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Staff Sgt. Micah McDonald, a air surveillance technician with the 176th Air Defense Squadron, Alaska Air National Guard, evaluates radar data during exercise Fencing Rice on JBER, June 14, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard / Staff Sgt. Edward Eagerton)

States called National Guard for cyber help at least 41 times since 2018

States called National Guard units dozens of times for ransomware attacks and to protect election systems, according to research from the think tank Third Way.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Baltimore City Mayor Jack Young, and members of the Maryland Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 175th Infantry Regiment, assist with food distribution at the Greenmount Recreation Center in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 24, 2020. (Maryland National Guard)

Maryland launches cybersecurity task force for extra protection during pandemic

A new task force in Maryland was created to bolster cyberdefenses of state government websites as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel
Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel attends the U.S. Southern Command leadership meeting in Miami, Florida, Sept. 6, 2018. (U.S. Army National Guard / Staff Sgt. Michelle Gonzalez)

National Guard chief expects expanded role in 2020 election security

The chief of the National Guard said 27 states used uniformed cybersecurity personnel to protect election systems in 2018, and that he expects more will do so…