"The move is part of a wider effort to ensure the midterms are secure from cybersecurity threats, which have loomed large in recent years since Russian interference operations in 2016," the outlet added.
During a press conference on Friday, Washington Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Gent Welsh said, "One of the things making a lot of this possible are states that've just decided to do it."
"Not everyone's doing it, and those that are have invested in cyber talent and cyber missions for years. If you don't have a cyber unit in your state you're not in a good position to help them protect elections," he added.
The 14 states with National Guard teams on duty on election day are North Carolina, Arizona, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, New Mexico, New York, Washington, and West Virginia.
Fox News reported:
National Guard officials will work and receive security updates from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the key agency tasked with protecting election infrastructure against cyber threats, according to Politico.
There are 38 total cyber units within the National Guard consisting of over 2,200 personnel working to support state and local officials with cyber issues like network assessments and risk mitigation.