The Defense Department’s Cyber Command, currently accounting for only 900 personnel, will be increased in size up to 4,900 troops and civilians, according to U.S. officials.
The decision was made by Pentagon last year, in the wake of the acknowledgement of a looming cyber threat after a number of cyber attacks had lead to major critical data interceptions in the Middle East.
The Cyber Command was established three years ago with the purpose to ensure that the military networks are defended. Now the officials say the command needs to be upgraded to become an Internet-era fighting force.
The plan, though not finalized yet, provides for creation of three types of forces within the command: “national mission forces” to protect computer systems important for national and economic security; “combat mission forces” to design and conduct attacks or other offensive operations; and “cyber protection forces” to strengthen the Defense Department’s networks.
Noteworthy that Pentagon’s plan has emerged on January 28, National Data Privacy Day in the United States, Canada and European countries. People are reminded today about the importance to protect their personal information on-line.
Voice of Russia, The Washington Post