Saturday, March 21, 2009

Will military, NSA take over all cybersecurity operations?


Should responsibility for defending against cyberattacks be moved from the Dept. of Homeland Security to the military? Air Force Gen. Kevin Chilton suggested as much at a Congressional hearing where he warned of U.S. vulnerability to cyberwarfare “across the spectrum.”

Such attacks “potentially threaten not only our military networks, but also our critical national networks,” Chilton told a House Armed Services subcommittee, the Washington Post reported.

As head of Strategic Command, the general isn’t responsible for defending civilian networks, just government computers.

[Stratcom's responsibility is] “to operate and defend the military networks only and be prepared to attack in cyberspace when directed. I think the broader question is, who should best do this for the other parts of America, where we worry about defending power grids, our financial institutions, our telecommunications, our transportation networks, the networks that support them.”


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