Army’s first dedicated cyberbrigade goes online

Is there a boot camp for pale, flabby people with giant squid eyes? Fighting Nerds of the 780th? InfoSec Island:

In recent years, information systems have become central to every aspect of American life, as well as assuming a critical role in government and private sector functionality, making cyber security a top priority in order to bolster national security.

The U.S. Army’s first-of-its-kind dedicated computer network security brigade is now operational and has been deployed in support of combat-active units in the field.

The 780th Military Intelligence Brigade, originally conceived in 2008, will be utilized in a limited capacity until the teams are fully operational in 2015.

“We have an expeditionary cyber capability to assist Army units in defense of their networks. We have a team that is forward deployed right now in Afghanistan. They go forward to help the brigade combat team secure their networks,” said the brigade’s commander, Col. John Sweet.

The final decision for the Army’s Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) to assemble the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade was made in 2010, and the unit’s colors were officially unfurled at an activation ceremony at NSA’s Friedman Auditorium in Fort Meade, Md., on Dec. 1.

“With an urgent insistence and tremendous help from the National Security Agency, Department of Defense and U.S. Cyber Command, Army and Congressional staff, the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command created the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade to support U.S. and Army Cyber Commands with their missions to provide a proactive cyber defense,” an Army press release stated.

We are relatively sure this is not a hoax.

Make your own jokes. We’re too tired.

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