US cy­ber com­mand eyed:


Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -


Af­ter months of de­lay, the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is fi­nal­iz­ing plans to re­vamp the na­tion’s mil­i­tary com­mand for de­fen­sive and of­fen­sive cy­ber oper­a­tions in hopes of in­ten­si­fy­ing Amer­ica’s abil­ity to wage cy­ber­war against the Is­lamic State group and other foes, ac­cord­ing to US of­fi­cials.

Un­der the plans, US Cy­ber Com­mand would even­tu­ally be split off from the in­tel­li­gence-fo­cused Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency.

De­tails are still be­ing worked out, but of­fi­cials say they ex­pect a de­ci­sion and an­nounce­ment in the com­ing weeks. The of­fi­cials weren’t au­tho­rized to speak pub­licly on the mat­ter so re­quested anonymity.

The goal, they said, is to give US Cy­ber Com­mand more au­ton­omy, free­ing it from any con­straints that stem from work­ing along­side the NSA, which is re­spon­si­ble for mon­i­tor­ing and col­lect­ing tele­phone, in­ter­net and other in­tel­li­gence data from around the world — a re­spon­si­bil­ity that can some­times clash with mil­i­tary oper­a­tions against en­emy forces.

Mak­ing cy­ber an in­de­pen­dent mil­i­tary com­mand will put the fight in dig­i­tal space on the same foot­ing as more tra­di­tional realms of bat­tle on land, in the air, at sea and in space. The move re­flects the es­ca­lat­ing threat of cy­ber­at­tacks and in­tru­sions from other na­tion states, ter­ror­ist groups and hack­ers, and comes as the US faces ever-widen­ing fears about Rus­sian hack­ing fol­low­ing Moscow’s ef­forts to med­dle in the 2016 Amer­i­can elec­tion.

The US has long op­er­ated qui­etly in cy­berspace, us­ing it to col­lect in­for­ma­tion, dis­rupt en­emy net­works and aid con­ven­tional mil­i­tary mis­sions. But as other na­tions and foes ex­pand their use of cy­ber­spy­ing and at­tacks, the US is de­ter­mined to im­prove its abil­ity to in­cor­po­rate cy­ber oper­a­tions into its ev­ery­day warfight­ing.(AP)

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