The LSU Stephenson Disaster Management Institute is helping train Louisiana National Guard members as part of a cyber security initiative.

The institute has trained 40 Guard members — part of the state’s new CDIRT or Cyber Defense Incident Response Team — at a newly constructed joint “Cyber Range” in Baton Rouge.

The partnership with the Louisiana National Guard is designed to facilitate information sharing about cyber threats between military and civilian sectors, according to Joseph Booth, the Institute’s executive director. The training is part of the institute’s work to protect the country’s systems and networks by working with partners in the government, military, private sector and academia.

CDIRT was created to respond to cyber events within the state to secure affected networks by defeating threats and restoring normal operations with minimum disruption of services.

The Stephenson Diaster Management Institute’s Lt. Col. Henry T. Capello, chief communications plans officer of the Cyber Range, is conducting the training.

“These soldiers and airmen are the first line of defense the governor has against cyber attacks on the state level. We need to protect critical infrastructures within the state, such as chemical and power plants,” Capello said.