DHS and 21,000 Soldiers of Army Cyber Command | Obama Executive Order CISPA

DHS Cybersecurity

DHS Cybersecurity “for the Nations Critical Infrastructure”

The United States government wants full control of the internet and communication. On Feb 13, 2013 senior Department of Homeland Security Administration officials provided an update on the Administration’s Priorities for Cybersecurity Policy at the Department of Commerce. On the 14th, the President signed an Executive Order (EO) on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity and a Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience. CISPA. These actions will strengthen the security and resilience of critical infrastructure against evolving threats through an updated and overarching national framework that acknowledges the increased role of cybersecurity in securing physical assets.

“DHS actively collaborates with public and private sector partners every day to help prevent and respond to attempted disruptions to the Nation’s critical cyber CISPA and communications networks,” said Secretary Napolitano. “These actions taken by the President are a key step towards improved security and resilience as we continue to work with Congress to keep our nation safe and secure for generations to come.”

During today’s event, Jane Holl Lute, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) joined Rebecca Blank, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), Michael Daniel, Special Assistant to the President and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator, General Keith Alexander, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command, Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service, James M. Cole, Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, and Dr. Patrick Gallagher, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce, to provide an update on priorities for 2013, including efforts to share information and work collaboratively among federal agencies and with the private sector to reduce cybersecurity risks.

In support of the EO on Cybersecurity and PPD on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience CISPA, the Departments of Homeland Security and Commerce have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to improve the synchronization and mutual support of their respective efforts to improve the nation’s cybersecurity while protecting privacy and civil liberties.

Critical infrastructure – both physical and cyber – is the backbone of America’s national security and economic prosperity. The Nation’s critical infrastructure is diverse and complex. It includes distributed networks, varied organizational structures and operating models (including multi-national ownership), interdependent functions and systems in both physical space and cyberspace, and governance constructs that involve multi-level authorities, responsibilities, and regulations. Critical infrastructure faces a variety of risks to its security and ability to function, including manmade acts of terror, extreme weather events, other natural disasters and cyber attacks.

The “U.S. Army Cyber Command” is not just a network. They operate in a contested environment which therefore makes it critical to improve defense systems. These key defensive positions are manned by our Soldiers, civilians and contractors who need support to maintain the immediate tactical edge and expand strategic boundaries.

U.S. Army Cyber Command

The U.S. Army Cyber Command capitalizes on existing Army cyber resources and improves operational readiness by bringing Army cyber resources under a single command. The Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Signal Command and 1st Information Operations Command (Land) are subordinate units to Army Cyber Command.

Network dominance is an integral part of the cyber fight – today and tomorrow. Cyber threats demand new approaches to managing information, securing information, and ensuring our ability to operate. Cyberspace is on par with the other war-fighting domains of land, sea, air and space. It is in cyberspace that we must use our strategic vision to dominate the information environment throughout interdependencies and independent systems.

The U.S. Army Cyber Command/2nd Army’s breadth of responsibility spans the entire Army and the entire world – from the tactical edge to the strategic enterprise-level or national levels. Traditional boundaries no longer exist and anonymous attacks can occur literally at near light speed over fiber optic networks. Our enemies will deny the freedom of movement on our networks and use whatever they can from wherever in the world they are to gain advantage.

Army Cyber Command/2nd Army plans, coordinates, integrates, synchronizes, directs, and conducts network operations and defense of all Army networks; when directed, conducts cyberspace operations in support of full spectrum operations to ensure U.S./Allied freedom of action in cyberspace, and to deny the same to our adversaries. The total command strength will exceed 21,000 Soldiers and civilians and will be funded from within existing fiscal resources.

Cyber Command is composed of a professional team of elite warriors defending Army networks and providing full spectrum cyber, enabling mission command and providing global advantage! The cyber war fighting requires impact, integration, risk, and knowing ourselves, the enemy, and the cyber terrain.
We are the Army leader in operating, maintaining, and defending the network..

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