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  • U.S. Gov Official: Current Generation of Policymakers Lack Understanding of Technology

    04/04/2012 12:48:40 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Dailytech ^ | - April 3, 2012 12:52 PM | Tiffany Kaiser
    Rose Gottemoeller said the next generation will change how cyber defense is handled A U.S. government official said that cyber defense has been slow-moving due to the current generation of policymaker's lack of technological understanding. Rose Gottemoeller, U.S. Acting Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security, recently visited the Estonian IT College in Tallinn to deliver a speech about cyber attacks and defense. In this lecture, she noted that a major issue with current cyber defense is the fact that many policymakers around the world don't fully understand technology used today. "The truth is there are a lot of senior...
  • Privacy May Be a Victim in Cyberdefense Plan

    06/12/2009 9:49:54 PM PDT · by bushwon · 9 replies · 568+ views
    New York Times ^ | 6/12/09 | HOM SHANKER And DAVID E. SANGER
    WASHINGTON — A plan to create a new Pentagon cybercommand is raising significant privacy and diplomatic concerns, as the Obama administration moves ahead on efforts to protect the nation from cyberattack and to prepare for possible offensive operations against adversaries’ computer networks. President Obama has said that the new cyberdefense strategy he unveiled last month will provide protections for personal privacy and civil liberties. But senior Pentagon and military officials say that Mr. Obama’s assurances may be challenging to guarantee in practice, particularly in trying to monitor the thousands of daily attacks on security systems in the United States that...
  • Gates Presses to Boost Computer Network Security

    04/22/2009 3:29:26 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 402+ views
    By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, April 22, 2009 – Defense Department officials are working to reduce vulnerability to cyber-attack attempts that occur regularly and are likely to continue for the foreseeable future, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said. “We are under attack virtually all the time, every day here,” Gates told CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric yesterday during an interview broadcast on the show. Attempts to attack DoD computer networks have more than doubled recently, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters yesterday. He declined to cite details, saying that to do so would only “make it...
  • Official Cites Value of Cyberspace to Warfighting Operations

    04/08/2009 6:19:00 PM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 227+ views
    AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE ^ | April 8, 2009 | Gerry J. Gilmore
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=53850 Official Cites Value of Cyberspace to Warfighting Operations By Gerry J. Gilmore American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, April 8, 2009 – Maintaining and protecting the U.S. military’s worldwide computer network is a vital component of national security, a senior official said here today. “For the United States military, cyberspace is a warfighting domain and it is critical to our operations,” Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters. “And so, we do have to aggressively protect our networks and our ability to work in cyberspace.” It also is important, Whitman said, that the Defense...
  • NATO's Cyber Defence Warriors

    02/04/2009 2:20:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 1,291+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 3 February 2009 | Frank Gardner
    Nato officials have told the BBC their computers are under constant attack from organisations and individuals bent on trying to hack into their secrets. The attacks keep coming despite the establishment of a co-ordinated cyber defence policy with a quick-reaction cyber team on permanent standby. The cyber defence policy was set up after a wave of cyber attacks on Nato member Estonia in 2007, and more recent attacks on Georgia - so what are they defending against and how do they do it? Tower of Babel Nato's operational headquarters in Mons is a low, drab three-storey building - part of...
  • Cyberwar Threat to U.S. Grows Worse

    10/09/2008 10:45:26 PM PDT · by Ordinary_American · 1 replies · 347+ views
    United Press International ^ | October 9, 2008 | Lawrence Sellin
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Viruses, worms, identity theft, extortion and other forms of criminal activity are not the only illicit uses of the Internet. "Malware" -- malicious software designed to exploit weaknesses in programs and the computers on which they run -- has now spawned the capability to digitally "soften up the battlefield." The cyberattack has become a major weapon of psychological operations and information warfare in both hot and cold wars. It also will grow as a weapon of choice for transnational terrorists because it provides a relatively inexpensive means to disrupt global communications covertly and, in some...