U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has ordered the creation of a new command to unify efforts at the Pentagon to secure military networks. Plans for the Cyber Command come a month after President Obama declared cyber-security a "national security priority" in a speech.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has ordered the creation of a Cyber Command to help secure the U.S. military's computer networks, according to reports. In a memo, Gates said he will recommend President Barack Obama put the
director of the National Security Agency in charge of the command. The
command will be established as part of the U.S. Strategic Command,
which is tasked with heading operations in nuclear and computer
warfare. Gates directed the command begin operations by October and be
fully operational by October 2010.
The order comes roughly a month after Obama declared cyber-security a "national security priority" and released details of a 60-day review of U.S.
In the same speech, the president pledged to name a cyber-security
coordinator to lead the government's overall efforts to secure its
networks. Over the past few years, news of numerous high-profile hacks has leaked out, including reports of attacks on the U.S. electric grid.
Command will reportedly be focused only on Department of Defense
computer networks and will unify current efforts at the Pentagon to
protect the military's computers and cyberspace operations. "Our defense networks are constantly probed," a Pentagon spokesperson told Reuters.
"There are millions of scans every day...We also know that foreign
governments are trying to develop offensive cyber-capabilities."