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The war you can’t see: U.S. cyber warriors protect us from daily attacks

On any given day, the Defense Information Systems Agency contends day with 800 million cyber incidents “that threaten the network,” said Lt. Col. James Brindle, a Pentagon spokesman. In an inner layer of cyber defense, the Air Force blocked 1.3 billion “malicious” cyber intrusions last year alone, said Lt. Col. Mark Reith, CCR director at the Air Force Institute of Technology.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security works with the private sector and government agencies to respond to and prevent cyber attacks domestically.

Wright-Patterson itself is a target.


The U.S. military has boosted the number of cyber troops for the growing menace.

At AFIT alone, 700 students a year graduate as cyber warriors. The Department of Defense has a workforce of about 5,000 cyber operators with a targeted goal of nearly 1,200 more by the end of 2018.

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