By Rick Maze
June 16, 2009
The House Armed Services Committee moved Tuesday to escalate U.S.
cyberwarfare efforts with a five-part defensive plan for protecting
critical military information systems.
Short- and long-term initiatives were approved by the committee as part
of its version of the 2010 defense authorization bill.
One immediate requirement of the bill langauage would be for the Defense
Department to come up with a better, more coordinated process for
discovering and addressing software vulnerabilities in defense systems.
At some high level within the Pentagon, defense, service and defense
agency officials would coordinate their efforts.
Another immediate change would allow private-sector civilians to receive
training from the Defense Cyber Investigation Training Academy, which
could create a wider base of people who can address problems.
And the bill would order a joint-service office for cyber capabilities
that would work on policies involving tactics, technologies and manning
of cyber-related commands and bills.
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