261st COS Ready Cyber Crew conducts threat hunting exercise

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  • By Senior Master Sgt. Jeffrey Schultze
  • 195th Wing Public Affairs

The 261st Cyberspace Operations Squadron at Sepulveda Air National Guard Station conducted a Ready Cyber Crew threat hunting exercise May 4, 2024.

The exercise was conducted to develop new readiness strategies to target malicious cyber activities and maintain their cybersecurity skillsets.

“We go through these real-world scenarios to find operational gaps and analyze our procedures so that when it comes time for mission, we’re prepared to execute,” said Senior Master Sergeant Miguel Barajas, 261st COS, assistant mission element lead for the RCP exercise.

The use of pre-planned exercise and training opportunities is key to maintain the cyber operators sharpness and ability to affect the cyber battle space.

The team of network and host operators worked through planning, assessing vulnerabilities, triaging various scenarios, and presenting findings and recommendations to their stakeholders both federally and for the State of California.

Through executing quarterly threat hunting exercises to prepare for the future of digital warfare, the 261st COS is looking to dominate the cyber terrain far into the future.