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The new Cyber Command is being put in place at its base in Fort Meade in Maryland along with the National Security Agency

This year has been undoubtedly marked by the some of the most frequent and daring cyber attacks since the 1990's. Since January 4, hacker groups like Anonymous, Goatse Security and LulzSec (aka "Lulz Security") have launched web-related attacks on Sony, Lockheed Martin Corp., Gmail accounts, Bank of America and different government sectors around the world including those in Tunisia, the United Kingdom and Spain.

Government targets in the United States have been the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, an affiliate of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Senate servers. 

In addition, LulzSec and Anonymous have joined forces to "declare war" on U.S. and international governments and banks. So far, LulzSec has launched over 18 major hacks and Anonymous has launched over 11 major hacks. 

With security becoming more and more important as hackers place the spotlight on holes in the system, the U.S. government is cracking down on its cyber security. In fact, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on Monday saying that the Pentagon is in the midst of setting up its new U.S. Cyber Command. But that isn't enough to guarantee the end of cyber attacks; the government must also "set deadlines to lay out more detailed guidelines on how its cyber workforce fits together."

The Department of Defense's (DOD) computer networks are especially at risk, according to the GAO. The department's computer networks are scanned millions of times daily, and it is vital that security be increased as much as possible. To address the issue, the new Cyber Command is being put in place at its base in Fort Meade in Maryland along with the National Security Agency. 

Along with the new Cyber Command, the Pentagon must also create improved training programs for staff. This will identify cyber jobs suitable for members of the military and civilians. In addition, the GAO's report suggested that the Pentagon map out the structure and duties of the Navy, Army, Marine and Air Force cyber components associated with the new Cyber Command. 

Robert Butler, the deputy assistant defense secretary for cyber policy, responded to the GAO's report by saying that the Pentagon is addressing these concerns, but there is currently no "timeline for completion."





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