US Marines Create “Blue Team”

  • The United States Maritime Corps today announced the generation of a Maritime Corps’ Adversarial Cyber Evaluation “Blue Team” (MCAT).

    A Blue Crew is a team of people who identify security threats and dangers in the functioning environment and evaluate the network ecosystem and its current point out of security readiness.

    Employing their findings and knowledge, a Blue Team will commonly supply tips that combine into an total community security answer to improve a customer’s cybersecurity readiness posture.

    MCAT was set up by Marine Corps Tactical Systems Guidance Action (MCTSSA) and comprises eight to ten people today from a wide variety of backgrounds, including cybersecurity, personal computer engineering, and information and facts technology.

    In a memo authorizing the new adversarial Blue Staff designation, Commander of Maritime Corps Forces Cyberspace Command Maj. Gen. M.G. Glavy explained that the recently shaped Blue Crew will assist Maritime Corps Systems Command’s (MCSC’s) Systems of File (PoRs), which improves acquisitions’ cyber testing and evaluation capabilities.

    The new workforce is licensed to carry out evaluator, tester, and aggressor roles in accordance with the Mission Focused Cyber Hardening memo produced in Oct 2019 by the Business of the Beneath Secretary of Protection Acquisition and Sustainment.

    “This functionality strengthens our acquisition cyber footprint although also boosting our Corps’ operational cyber resiliency,” said MCTSSA commanding officer Lt. Col. Michael Liguori.

    “The cyber ‘Blue Team’ is a different case in point of MCTSSA’s perseverance to help MCSC and our Corps’ cyber efforts in contested environments.”

    MCAT will evaluate the security and protection of MCSC and Application Government Officer Land Systems PoRs for units in the subject and for individuals that are nonetheless in the developmental examination period.

    “I would concur that possessing the 1st cyber ‘Blue Team’ designation for the Maritime Corps is an crucial move and I’m proud be a plank proprietor,” claimed Gunnery Sgt. Patrick McKelvey, team non-commissioned officer in demand of the Take a look at and Certification Division.

    “It also allows MCTSSA to most likely boost manning for Defensive and Offensive Cyberspace Operators, those with the 17XX army occupational specialty, to assistance the mission.”