As our military has become more focused on cyber as the “fifth domain” of warfare after land, sea, air and space, every state’s National Guard (the Guard) has also developed and now maintains expertise in cybersecurity. These men and women have specialized skills that can be used in limited capacities, and it may be more cost-effective for them to perform the activities than it would for a third-party or full-time employee.
Incorporate procedures for using Guard cyber capabilities into cyber response plans. Assemble a team including the TAG, CIO, CISO, Homeland Security Advisory and chief cyber advisor (if not already listed) to integrate National Guard cyber units into statewide cyber emergency response procedures. The TAG should coordinate with the Chief of the National Guard Bureau to clarify and document procedures for requesting and accessing Title 32 funding for response activities
New Mexico Governor Susan Martinez recently signed legislation that clarified when the Guard could be called upon to respond to a cyber event, as did North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum.