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According to the Navy Times today, the Cyber Command is up.
“The nascent command charged with operating the nation’s military computer networks is now a reality, the Pentagon has confirmed.”
“U.S. Cyber Command, a subordinate unit of U.S. Strategic Command, was launched Friday afternoon at Fort Meade, Md., in a status officials called an initial operating capability. The command is expected to be fully operational by October, according to Air Force Lt. Col. Rene White.
“Cyber Command will “direct the operations and defense of specified Department of Defense information networks and prepare to, when directed, conduct full-spectrum military cyberspace operations in order to enable actions in all domains, ensure U.S./allied freedom of action in cyberspace and deny the same to our adversaries,” according to a fact sheet released Friday by the Pentagon.”
From Aviation Week:
“Former CIA director, James Woolsey, Jr., predicts the U.S. military cyberforces will be pulled into managing cyber-attack-triggered catastrophes just as they support large-scale natural disasters.
“It is not a Defense Department obligation to protect the national power grid,” Woolsey says. “The problem is that nobody is responsible, at least nobody that is doing anything effective. We have an infrastructure that is privately owned and resists government regulation even on matters of security and safety. I wager as the vulnerabilities of the grid [to cyber-attack] become more apparent . . . there will be pressure in one way or another for the military to protect the power grid.”
CIA Director Woolsey isn’t far off.
Is that really a bad thing? Is that a good thing? I’m undecided right now and would love your (and my fellow ESET bloggers) opinions.
Securing Our eCity Contributing Writer
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