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
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
quote: ... the U.S. government is cracking down on its cyber security.
quote: ... the U.S. government is beefing up its cyber security.