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[ISN] Channeling the 'offensive mind-set' in cybersecurity
By John Grady
November 28, 2012
To protect critical networks and national security, the House and Senate
are weighing cyber defense legislation and the Obama administration is
considering regulations requiring information sharing between government
agencies and private businesses. But who should be in charge -- even
inside the Pentagon -- remains a big question in all this dithering.
The answer depends on how you look at cybersecurity: in terms of offense
or defense, military or law enforcement. Also, how do you look at cyber
strategically, tactically and operationally in the Pentagon, at the
Homeland Security Department, FBI, Federal Reserve, and in the civilian
realm at places like JP Morgan Chase, Dominion Power and Washington Gas?
âYou have to have an offensive mind-set to better focus on defense,â
retired Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright said during a recent
appearance at the U.S. Naval Institute. âDoD is in the business of
offense. [Yet] weâre still trying to protect everyoneâs computer.â
Cartwright said when he was vice commander at U.S. Strategic Command in
2004, the emphasis was on cyber, electromagnetic pulse and directed
energy weapons rather than creating a unified cyber command, which was
established in 2010. The thinking was clear enough. These weapons
expanded the tools available to the president if diplomacy failed.
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