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Maryland National Guard steps up role in cyberspace

Maryland National Guard steps up role in cyberspace

Each year, the imaginary nation of Berylia is summoned into existence solely to have its simulated computer networks pummeled by an elite team of hackers.

But the Berylians are not left undefended in the face of the onslaught. A NATO-backed center in Estonia invites military teams from across the alliance to come to its aid — and next week a small detachment of Maryland National Guard airmen will help staff the digital ramparts.

Maryland National Guard Col. Charles S. Kohler, who has been helping to plan the exercise, has had a look behind the scenes. The defending teams should expect to be pushed to their limits, he said: "It's not designed to be...

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