QOTD - US Cyber Commander on Defending IT

On May 5, 2009, Army Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, Director of NSA, and now poised to become new commander of the US Cyber Command, spoke before the Terrorism, Unconventional Threats, and Capabilities Subcommittee of the US House Armed Services Committee:
[The US must maintain] the capabilities to use cyberspace as a medium to deter, deny or defeat any adversary seeking to harm U.S. national and economic security; while ensuring actions are undertaken in a manner that protects our Constitutional liberties.
The rapid expansion and global dependence upon cyberspace required the Defense Department to evolve its warfighting doctrine to include cyberspace as a viable domain on par with the domains of the land, sea air and space. Cyberspace is unlike the other warfighting domains, it is a man-made technological phenomenon solely reliant upon human activity. The Department of Defense defines cyberspace as 'a global domain within the information environment consisting of the interdependent network of information technology infrastructures, including the Internet, telecommunications networks, computer systems and embedded processes and controllers.
More than the speed of the communications, the rate of change of cyberspace, and the applications that use it, is continuous, making this domain ever evolving. However, the convergence of communications devices being driven by cyberspace is fueling an integration that has far reaching consequences, both positive and negative, that must be appreciated if one is to understand this domain.
[Emphasis is my own]
Src: Defending IT: Words from the New Military Cyber Commander | GovInfosecurity.com
Direct link to PDF of testimony

1 comment:

CG said...

then we as a government should stop making so friggin easy for the bad guys to get in by actually taking security seriously and taking action instead of constantly yapping about it and doing nothing.