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
About f-ing time
6/24/2009 10:08:44 PM
What the hell took so long? Seriously, we could've used this department ten years ago.
RE: About f-ing time
6/25/2009 8:51:28 AM
We did. Now they just made a new name for it with a stakeholder to pass blame on. Kind of like how G.W. Bush made Homeland Security and Border Patrol, yet people blamed Bush for everything and anything anyway (like Katrina). Don't get me wrong, this is a step in the right direction. More organization and centralization is just what we need.
Networks are much more secure when everybody who protects it can be identified and are located in a head quartered in a centralized building in DC....
“We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone.” -- Steve Jobs
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
Not All the High-Tech Jobs Are in California
August 4, 2016, 8:29 PM
Google's Gleaming Glass HQ Gets Mountain View Snub, LinkedIn Gets the Love
May 7, 2015, 6:58 AM
Tech's Tax Day Fortunate Few: Qualcomm, Xerox, GE, et al. Pay Little or No Taxes
April 15, 2015, 11:30 AM
LinkNYC Terminals to Blanket New York City With Free WiFi, Free Calls, and Ads
November 17, 2014, 6:50 PM
Microsoft is Open-Sourcing Most of .NET, Adding OS X and Linux Support
November 12, 2014, 8:27 PM
Home Depot Lost 53 Million Emails, Blames Windows, Buys Execs New Macs
November 9, 2014, 5:00 PM
Most Popular Articles
5 Cases for iPhone 7 and 7 iPhone Plus
September 18, 2016, 10:08 AM
Automaker Porsche may expand range of Panamera Coupe design.
September 18, 2016, 11:00 AM
Walmart may get "Robot Shopping Carts?"
September 17, 2016, 6:01 AM
No More Turtlenecks - Try Snakables
September 19, 2016, 7:44 AM
ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment in Children: Problem or Paranoia?
September 19, 2016, 5:30 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Who is in Risk of Getting Oral Cancer?
Sep 23, 2016, 6:02 AM
France Bans Plastic Eating Utensils in Restaurants
Sep 18, 2016, 10:49 AM
Progress Against Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Sep 17, 2016, 5:30 AM
Apple Watch Series 2 - Number 1 in the Customer Satisfaction.
Sep 7, 2016, 6:19 PM
First Self-Driving Car debut on the streets of Singapore
Aug 28, 2016, 4:10 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information