The US Marine Corps has formed an auxiliary volunteer cybersecurity force

The commanding general of the United States Marine Corps, Robert Neller, told a security forum in April that the Marines will soon launch a voluntary auxiliary cybersecurity unit. Earlier this week, the Marines announced the establishment of that unit, called the Cyber ​​Auxiliary Corps of the Marine Corps, which says it will help to increase the "readiness for cyberspace of the Marine Corps." the members of the auxiliary organization would not be allowed to use the coveted emblem of Eagle, Globe and Anchor of the Corps, which is something a marine obtains when passing a basic training or an official candidate school. He pointed out that they would not have to adhere to the strict standards of the Marine Corps, joking that the auxiliary would take anyone, even professionals with purple hair. Volunteers will not have to wear a uniform or meet the body's physical or grooming standards.

The announcement says that members of Cyber ​​Aux will help "in simulated environments and during instructional periods, but are not authorized to perform practical cyber activities." In other words, they will not participate in them. any incident in the real world that the Marines might end up facing in the digital world.

Neller tells Military.com that the members of this new force "will come and offer their help , experience and knowledge for the uniform side. "He says that the Corps has not realized how big the force will be yet, but explained that US citizens who can obtain a security clearance would be a good option for that. [19659005] In recent years, the US military has found it difficult to retain qualified cybersecurity professionals because many of them can often find better opportunities in the private sector.The purpose of the auxiliary is to complement the Cybersecurity experience of the Corps with civilians and veterans at a time when digital threats from foreign adversaries are increasing.

Last year, New America scholars Foundation, Natasha Cohen and Peter W. Singer, wrote an opinion piece in Defense One and a white paper advocating the creation of such an organization, noting that the army currently does not have the enough staff to meet the demand of the challenges they face. The duo suggested that such a need could be met with a unit such as the Civil Air Patrol and the Coast Guard Auxiliary, which operate in a supporting role for their respective parent military branches.

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