U.S. Battling Evolving Cyberthreat.. Or Scratching its Head and Saying Duh…
“We are experiencing damaging penetrations — damaging in the sense of loss of information. And we don’t fully understand our vulnerabilities,”
James Miller, principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy.
Full Article HERE
Well, there you have it. Straight from one of the guys in charge and “in the know” on the state of affairs, the article goes on…
His comments came as the Obama administration develops a national strategy to secure U.S. digital networks and the Pentagon stands up a new military command for cyberwarfare capable of both offensive and defensive operations.
The Senate last week confirmed National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander to lead the new U.S. Cyber Command, which will be located at Ft. Meade, Maryland, the NSA’s headquarters.
Miller suggested the new organization, which is expected to be fully operational in October, had its work cut out for it.
So, it looks like we are screwed at least until October? I should think it will be a lot longer than that really. They may have the new facility all set up, but I doubt they will be up to the task so soon. After all, they are still trying to hire that kind of talent… Mind you, all the while trying to pay that talent in peanuts.
Then there is the whole issue of the infrastructure being mostly in the hands of private companies. Companies that may be disinclined to be thinking about security as a major thrust in their business model because it costs money and time. How is the government going to get these folks to sign off on doing the due diligence without having to strong arm them into it I wonder?
I guess we are just hosed for the time being really. Lets see what NSA does eh?