[ISN] Cyber Command: Observers worry about unintended consequences

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2009 04:46:24 -0500 (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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