The 82nd Airborne Division hosted its first cyber network defenders class at the division headquarters May 31.

The All American Cyber Academy provided 15 students training on network defense tools taught in Advanced Individual Training. It also introduced students attending the academy to new techniques and practices to better defend Army networks.

Information assurance and cyber awareness training is enough to keep end users safe from average network threats, but cyber network defenders protect the domain at a higher level.

“Normal attackers are not going to be able to bypass network security,” said Master Sgt. Jonathan Welch, the 82nd Abn. Div. cyber network defense manager. “What we look for is advanced, persistent threats like teams that spend millions of dollars on research and development to go after specific infrastructure.”

Cyber network defenders find, analyze, mitigate and respond to unauthorized activity on network domains while deploying and administering cyber defense infrastructure to protect against cyberattacks.

Without cyber network defenders, malicious users could steal, change or falsify information throughout the network, Welch said.

The All American Cyber Academy is available quarterly to all cyber network defenders and personnel with cyber security roles in the Fort Bragg area. The next course will be held July 24 through July 26.

For more information and to reserve a seat, contact Master Sgt. Jonathan Welch at