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NEWS | May 2, 2022

Connecticut National Guard to Host 2022 Cyber Yankee Exercise

HARTFORD, Conn. – On May 5, 2022, the Connecticut National Guard will host a one-day cyber security training event in preparation for Cyber Yankee 2022. Cyber security elements from the National Guard and other branches of the armed forces from throughout New England, as well as representatives from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and critical infrastructure partners for the 2022 Cyber Yankee exercise will be participating in the training event.

Cyber Yankee is the premier regional cooperative training exercise for defense, state and federal agencies, and critical infrastructure representatives to rehearse actions in response to cyberattacks using recent threat models and techniques. The one-day training event is designed to prepare participants for the full exercise scheduled for June 2022.

“An important part of building cyber preparedness is exercising incident response capabilities,” said Richard Berthao, CISA Cybersecurity Advisor for Connecticut. “Our role as advisors, coordinators, and communicators within CISA are enhanced by participating in these focused cyber training events, which build partnerships and refine communication processes.”

“This is a unique opportunity to work with our partners at all levels of government and integrate the private sector that operates our critical infrastructure,” said Lt. Col. Cameron Sprague, Cyber Yankee 2022 exercise director. “The one-day event helps senior leaders envision the cyber domain operating environment and potential effects on the physical environment. We will leave here with a better shared understanding of the resources, challenges and required points of cooperation necessary to respond rapidly and protect our nation.”

As seen in recent attacks on the Colonial Pipeline and SolarWinds, cyberattacks are becoming more frequent and manifest noticeable effects on our society. Cyber Yankee enables faster and coordinated response by public and private cyber experts to mitigate and prevent cyberattacks.

Cyber Yankee is annual exercise held in the northeastern states and mirrors a number of federal cyber response exercises. The 2022 iteration is being hosted by Connecticut June 6-17, 2022.

Those wishing to participate can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/43297192533