ASEAN Defense: Pentagon’s Cyber Command May Reach into Civilian Networks

CYBER-COMMAND MAY HELP PROTECT CIVILIAN NETWORKS
[SOURCE: Washington Post, AUTHOR: Ellen Nakashima]
The Pentagon is considering whether to create a new cyber-command that would oversee government efforts to protect the military’s computer networks and would also assist in protecting the civilian government networks, the head of the National Security Agency said. The new command would be headquartered at Fort Meade, the NSA’s director, Lt. Gen. Keith B. Alexander, told the House Armed Services terrorism subcommittee. Alexander, who is a front-runner to assume control of the command if it is created, said its focus would be to better protect the U.S. military’s computers by marrying the offensive and defensive capabilities of the military and the NSA. Through the command, the NSA would also provide technical support to the Department of Homeland Security, which is in charge of protecting civilian networks and helps safeguard the energy grid and other critical infrastructure from cyber-attack, Alexander said. He stressed that the NSA does not want to run or operate the civilian networks, but help Homeland Security improve its efforts.
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