Pentagon: The Development of New Cyber-Weapon Continues
Recently Pentagon stated that although it has some problems with funding the cyber-weapon development is at its white heat.
Michael J. Basla, Vice commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo, during the space conference held on Monday claimed that the Pentagon managed to achieve significant results in defensive and offensive capabilities of the country.
Basla noted that the United States Department of Defense aim is to repulse the daily attacks on Pentagon’s computer systems. In order to make its works in the field of cyberspace defense more transparent the U.S. Air Force Lieutenant during the conference told industry officials about so called ‘cyber hunters’ and shed light on several Pentagon’s new defense programs.
The U.S. watershed intelligence report introduced in November 2011 stated that Russia and Chine were stealing the United States secrets by means of cyber espionage. Since that time Basla notes that the U.S. government has been monitoring closely on Russia and China latest cyber work-outs. So far, the vice commander said that Washington is ready to push back cyber attacks on equal terms with other attacks.
According to Pentagon data Russia and China had clearly intruded the United States networks.
In Basla’s opinion, despite military spending is planned to be reduced by $487 billion over the nearest decade, the funding in cyber area, because of constant penetration threats, should be slightly increased. The commander also noted that military leaders will have serious problems with accomplishment of all their cyber mission objectives if the U.S. government don’t change its decision and after all cut military spending.
Basla said that for now the most vulnerable spot of the country is computer networks that are under constant attack of the U.S. enemies. And the U.S. Military is directly dependent on those networks. With that, the commander told about some sticking points that don’t allow to make a computer work environment more defensible. Among them are the need in new computer servers and tightening of safety precautions service members take even when they are at home.
A new cyber strategy was published previous year. One of the strategy principles is that there should be a cyber division in each of the armed services.
Referring to Madelyn Creedon a struggle with ‘computer networks threats’ is the vital U.S. problem and Washington is doing everything in its forces to solve this problem as soon as possible.