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Navy cyber leader expects proactive capabilities this year




Navy cyber leader expects proactive capabilities this year
Navy cyber leader expects proactive capabilities this year



http://fcw.com/articles/2010/04/07/navy-cyber-command-update.aspx 

By Amber Corrin
FCW.com
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 
Department official.

"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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