US Cyber Command shored up nine nations’ defenses last year

US Cyber Command chief General Paul Nakasone has revealed the agency he leads conducted nine “hunt forward” operations last year, sending teams to different counties to help them improve their defensive security posture and hunt for cyberthreats.

These missions provide “security for our nation in cyberspace,” said Nakasone, who is also director of the National Security Agency, during a Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats at Vanderbilt University. “It provides an inoculation of these threats, and it provides a partnership with a nation that has asked us for assistance.”

Such missions are a win-win for both participating governments, he said. The foreign countries benefit from US cybersecurity tools and threat intel, and US Cyber Command gets to put sensors on these nation’s networks, which gives the military better visibility into threats beyond America’s border.

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Source: The Register