Marines Sent Team to Middle East to Test Cyber Vulnerabilities

The Marine Corps marked a milestone earlier this year when it deployed a first-of-its-kind cyber protection team to the Middle East to help crisis response troops shore up communications and patch vulnerabilities to a growing range of cyber threats.

The team deployed in February 2016, leaders of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Central Command said in a recent debrief. Among other things, it helped the unit set up a secure VPN so Marines operating in the region could communicate safely and access resources.

The move to send the team forward came as all Defense Department units place increased focus on cyber security amid multiplying threats great and…

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