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From: InfoSec News (alertsinfosecnews.org)
Date: Fri Jun 26 2009 - 04:46:24 CDT
By John S. Monroe
June 25, 2009
The Defense Department’s new U.S. Cyber Command is now the cybersecurity
heavyweight in the government division, according to numerous media
Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other Defense Department officials
have emphasized that the new organization, which will be commanded by
the director of the National Security Agency (NSA), would have a clearly
defined role: Protecting military networks and conducting offensive
cyber operations against hostile forces (read GCN’s news story here).
But the sheer size and importance of DOD’s military operations have
caused some observers to wonder about how big an effect the Cyber
Command might have outside its own domain.
The Washington Post quotes analysts who say Gates announced the command
in a memo, rather than in a speech, in an “effort to tamp down concerns
that the Defense Department and the NSA will dominate efforts to protect
the nation's computer networks.”
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