Pentagon Developing New Cyber Strategy

Sue Marquette Poremba

The Defense Department revealed that it lost 24,000 files to foreign intruders this past spring, according to a Washington Post article. This wasn't the first Pentagon breach, as last summer, it was announced that the Department of Defense was the victim of a cyber attack that involved 28,000 cases. And lately, there has been plenty of news about military contractors who have been breached.

 

In response, the Pentagon has announced it is rolling out a new cyber defense strategy. As the Washington Post article said:

 

The Pentagon's vast networks are believed to be the subject of malicious probing every day, but it is often difficult if not impossible to determine the identity of an attacker.

 

The new strategy includes five initiatives that include creating an exceptional cyber workforce, partnering with other government departments, and building robust relationships with U.S. allies for better collective cybersecurity.

 

This is just a start, Pentagon officials said. According to the Wall Street Journal:

 

Marine Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that over the next decade the military would move beyond building better firewalls and make clear to adversaries that they will pay a price for serious cyberattacks.

 

 

"There is no penalty to attacking us now. We have to figure out a way to change that," Gen. Cartwright said.



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