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Plan gives more money to DARPA among other things

One of the most common attacks against the U.S. and individual companies in the U.S. is the cyber attack. Cyber attacks can be perpetrated by hackers for monetary gain or they can be simply to cause disruption in basic systems with the U.S. such as electricity and telephone service.

The U.S. is taking a much harder look at cyber warfare and how it can affect the U.S. and how such attacks can be stopped. The DoD is set to release the unclassified version of its cyber war-fighting strategy this week. The strategy was finalized months ago and has multiple goals to thwart attacks. The plan calls for the treatment of cyberspace as a domain which the military needs to protect and defend U.S. interests inside.

Defense Secretary William Lund said, "To do that … a military organization needs some sort of command structure to organize, train and equip the forces."

Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen added, "The single biggest existential threat that's out there, I think, is cyber. I think we're going to have to focus a lot more on it." Mullen made the comment during a taping of this Week in Defense News. Part of the strategy is to increase spending to increase the number of cyber-aligned resources, which includes nearly $500 million to DARPA. Previously the U.S. had determined that cyberattacks could be considered an act of war.

Lynn also said, "In draft form, we've used that strategy to build a stronger program and budget."

Another part of the strategy wants the DoD to "to utilize our advantages in technology to maintain our military strength that's dependent on information technology," according to Lynn. He said, "In particular, over time, we're looking to change the balance between offense and defense in the Internet. Right now, the attacker has all the advantages and the defender is constantly playing catch up."


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anonymous doesn't have any formal structure...
By superPC on 7/12/2011 9:15:13 AM , Rating: 2
i don't think most hacker group has any formal structure. it's part of their strength. it's like a loosely connected small groups that share the same goal. maybe the chineese government cyber army has some structure or they just outsource their attack to enterprising individuals.

my point is introducing a structure to a cyber defense just increase the likelihood of some hacker focusing an attack to part of that structure. that or devising a way of avoiding the cyber defense altogether.




By Brandon Hill (blog) on 7/12/2011 9:18:51 AM , Rating: 2
In other words, we've failed before we've even begun? :)


By TSS on 7/12/2011 10:27:00 AM , Rating: 3
Well... that depends. Replace "hacker group" with "terrorist" in his first paragraph and the situation's not that different from current real world wars, and the US certainly isn't succesfull in those.

It would certainly help the US government cut budgets as well as invade more privacy if they'd switch from the war on terror to the war on cyberterror. Plus it's something the populace at large still understands little about, so their more inclined to agree or atleast be frightened.

Only the US government understands internet probably even less then terrorism. A kid in a basement can take down whole networks, being in new york while appearing to be from russia. Every single person becomes his own little "splinter cell" that can hook up with other cells or go at it alone just as easy. It's not something you can cut the head off and it'll die.

Knowing the US government though they will set up a huge complex structure that'll be weak due to it's own complexity, and slow due to it's bureacracy. While they should focus on small, local defence with very limited, dedicated interconnectivity. The old saying of "it shouldn't be connected to internet anyway" still applies.

Remember, if the war on terror is fighting civilians with guns then the war on cyberterror will be fighting ghosts with guns. Their just going to float over or through the walls if you build a huge fortress. Best build small rooms with a ghostbuster in them.


By chromal on 7/12/2011 11:43:15 AM , Rating: 2
I think making 'Cyber Security' the top priority while neglecting to harden our infrastructure against electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack is an epic misjudgement. A cyberattack targets specific systems, an EMP destroys the entire modern infrastructure.




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