By Amber Corrin
April 07, 2010
Fragile, antiquated networks and a departmental inability so far to
fully grasp the idea of a network domain as battlespace are slowing
establishment of formal military cyber operations. Still, concrete
benchmarks of progress are close, with transformational capabilities
expected as soon as this year, according to one senior Defense
"We've begun to get our arms around the domain and the problem set, but
anyone who thinks there's a quick fix for cyber defense is mistaken,"
said Vice Adm. Bernard McCullough, commander of the Navy Fleet Cyber
Command. McCullough delivered an update on the command's progress at the
Center for Strategic and International Studies on April 5.
The military is "traditionally reactive and static, but we need to be
proactive, dynamic and predictive," he said. He estimated his command
will achieve what he terms a proactive defense stance by October this
year, and have predictive capabilities by fiscal 2012. He did not
elaborate on technological details of the new capabilities.
In order to fully integrate cyber security and military operations in
cyberspace, service members working in that domain must define a
baseline, or "normal," landscape that accurately reflects when something
is amiss -- and when defense is needed.
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