Redstone Arsenal hosts cyber terrorism training

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REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) - Our country's enemies aren't always behind a rifle. In this digital age, they could be sitting behind a computer screen. That's why dozens of Army National Guard and Army Reserves personnel traveled to Redstone this weekend.  "We've been training individual skills for roughly the last 6 months, and this weekend, we're putting those together, allowing the teams to function as a team," says Maj. Mike Lass of the U.S. Army National Guard.

Army officials say it's a chance to receive training from experts here at Redstone, collaborate on ideas, and prepare for a national security exercise in April. Participants are also going through real world training exercises which test their skills. "You grow and learn with stressful situations a lot faster than you would training environments," says Sarah Waggoner.

Just like technology itself, cyber security has to constantly evolve. "We have to keep up on our training because the technologies our attackers use are constantly changing," says U.S. Army Reserves Sgt. George Rutter.

The training may be simulated, but the constant threat is very real. "We're getting pinged pretty much every day," says Maj. Lass. "Different folks are probing networks both on the government side, and civilian side."

Major Lass tells us his teams are also working on creating technology state governors can use to protect state networks and use in disaster scenarios.