US to unveil strategy to counter cyber attacks

Last Updated: Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 23:21

Washington: Facing escalating risks of cyber
attacks, the US is set to unveil a strategy for protecting its
computer systems that goes beyond erecting firewalls.

The new cyber strategy from the Pentagon comes in the
wake of the increasing attacks on its computers and cyber
networks, mainly from overseas. The country spends millions of
dollars every year for its security.

The Department of Defense (DoD) operates over 15,000
networks and seven million computing devices across hundreds
of installations in dozens of countries across the globe.

The five strategic initiatives announced by the
Pentagon today include -- treat cyberspace as an
operational domain to organize, train and equip so that DoD
can take full advantage of cyberspace`s potential; employ new
defense operations concept to protect DoD network and systems;
and partner with other US government departments, agencies
and the private sector to enable a whole-of-government
security strategy.

It also calls for building robust relationship with
US allies and international partners to strengthen collective
cyber security and leveraging the nation?s ingenuity through
an exceptional cyber workforce and rapid technological
innovation.

"The Department`s five strategic initiatives offer a
road map for DoD to operate effectively in cyberspace, defend
national interest and achieve national security objectives,"
said the 13-page unclassified version of the strategy released
today.

Bureau Report



First Published: Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 23:21

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