Major General Sameer Puri didn’t think twice when offered an opportunity to learn more about how to build cyber capacity. As Director of Information for the Washington Army National Guard, Puri is responsible for ensuring the organization stays connected to the network.
“Serving in the Army National Guard has shaped my personality and worldview,” Puri said. “This is a great opportunity to bring more information and knowledge to our state.”
Recently, Puri attended the Chief Information Officer and Cyber Director Leadership Development Program of National Defense University, National Defense University. The 14-week residential program trains senior managers and leaders who are responsible for advancing and achieving national and international security goals through the strategic use of information and Information Technology. It places an emphasis on developing leadership skills and abilities while learning content through the completion of five courses focusing on federal roles, cybersecurity, information technology, acquisitions, governance, and other roles. performance management and breakthrough technologies.
“The show was challenging, but well worth the time,” says Puri. “I feel that I can bring a lot of things and that our team in Washington will be able to become even stronger.”
Puri’s team from the Washington Army’s National Guard Office of Information Management will participate in multiple national cyber exercises this summer including Cyber Shield 2022, the space training event the most important unclassified network in the Army’s Cyber Defense and Cyber Discovery Force, a cyber defense training exercise.
“During the Cyber Shield program, soldiers can complete industry certifications and learn about industry best practices for cybersecurity,” says Puri. “In Washington, we have developed strong relationships with our industry partners such as Tacoma Public Utilities, which is a prime example of a ‘whole government’ approach. So getting certifications is very important.”