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Ohio Raises a Volunteer Army to Fight Election Hacking

The state turns to private-sector professionals to fend off cyberattacks on voting systems.

Chris Riling, a systems architect at Cisco Systems Inc., is a volunteer for the Ohio Cyber Reserve.

Chris Riling, a systems architect at Cisco Systems Inc., is a volunteer for the Ohio Cyber Reserve.

Photographer: Sarah Rice for Bloomberg Businessweek

Chris Riling says he “could never join the military.” He’s 37, has cerebral palsy, and wouldn’t have managed basic training, he says.

Yet he recently swore an oath to protect the country and obey his commanding officers. At any moment, Ohio’s governor can call him up for active duty reporting to the state’s National Guard. And if he missteps, he can be tried under the Ohio Code of Military Justice.