via American Forces Press Service
Warfighters operating on the front lines in Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world, can be confident that a corps of “cyber warriors” has their backs, and is working to protect the computer systems they depend on, a senior military official reported.
Less than a year after it stood up Oct. 1, Army Cyber Command is leading a corps of 21,000 soldiers and civilians who serve worldwide operating and defending all Army networks, Army Lt. Gen. Rhett A. Hernandez, its commander, told American Forces Press Service.
Hernandez oversees a 24/7 operation that, operating under the U.S. Cyber Command umbrella, is responsible for defending the largest piece of the Defense Department global infrastructure grid.
In simplest terms, Army Cyber Command provides security for these networks so commanders, regardless of their location, can communicate with their own forces, higher headquarters and other elements, he explained.