US Military Creates Cyber Defense Department
June 24, 2009 4:09 PM
comment(s) - last by
The US military now has a new cyber defense department aimed at protecting US military networks
The US military has officially created a new "cyber command" center that will help protect the military from foreign-based
, along with possibly launching digital warfare attacks against rival nations.
was established by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and marks the first time the US government has ever created such a department. The command will operate as part of the US Strategic Command, and will begin official service this October.
Gates will communicate with Pres. Barack Obama and recommend the director of the National Security Agency (NSA) leads the post. It's possible the NSA's Lieutenant General Keith Alexander will outline how the department will operate in the future, but nothing has been announced as of yet.
The command will specialize in defending military networks, and will not focus on defending other government computers. Military networks are continually under attack from both curious parties probing the networks and organized hacker rings.
US military officials hope the new cybersecurity unit will be fully operational in Oct. 2010.
There has been growing concern over the inability of the US government to protect both government and military institutions from increasing foreign cyber attacks, with China and Eastern European nations
leading the attacks
. Once talk began of a department aimed specifically for cyber-related defense, there was immediate confusion as to who would lead the department.
President be in control
? The Department of Homeland Security? NSA? Security experts have been meeting with government officials to try and figure out who is best suited to handle cyber security issues.
The US government still needs to create a department aimed at protecting US government networks, but it's unknown when that'll take place.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
President should be in "control"
6/24/2009 4:34:41 PM
It is a department that is directly related to the military. He is commander in chief of the military. I hope the US organizes hacker rings to hack other countries. Everyone would be a target, except North Korea and such that don't believe in internet.
RE: President should be in "control"
6/24/2009 10:06:41 PM
Terrible idea. Get someone who specializes in cyber security to "be in charge".
"I'd be pissed too, but you didn't have to go all Minority Report on his ass!" -- Jon Stewart on police raiding Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home
Cybersecurity is Everyone's Problem
June 24, 2009, 7:59 AM
Obama Creates Online Security Government Position
June 3, 2009, 12:21 PM
China Deflects Cyber Espionage Concern from Western Nations
April 1, 2009, 8:00 AM
Report: AT&T Eyeing $40B DirecTV Purchase
May 1, 2014, 8:00 AM
WebOS Class Action Settlement Costs HP $57 Million
April 1, 2014, 10:22 AM
IBM Workers Strike Over Terms of Deal That Will Have Them Working for Lenovo
March 6, 2014, 9:29 AM
Google Picking Up Artificial Intelligence Company "DeepMind" for $400 Million
January 27, 2014, 9:25 AM
Quick Note: Qualcomm Grabs up Palm, IPAQ, and Bitfone Patent Portfolio from HP
January 24, 2014, 9:18 AM
Verizon Buys Intel Media OnCue Cloud TV assets
January 21, 2014, 10:26 AM
Most Popular Articles
Chinese Government Declares Digital War Against America's Top Tech Firms
October 20, 2014, 12:07 PM
Report: 2015 Ford Focus Electric MSRP Slashed by $6,000, Will Retail for $29,995
October 18, 2014, 6:23 PM
Apple Releases iOS 8.1; Adds Apple Pay Support, SMS Relay, Instant Hotspot
October 20, 2014, 1:00 PM
Windows 8.1 + Android "Sell Mini PC" w/ Bay Trail Creates New PC Form Factor
October 20, 2014, 5:07 PM
Update: Motorola Droid Turbo Coming Oct 28, 48-hour Battery Life Confirmed
October 19, 2014, 9:19 PM
Latest Blog Posts
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information