US Won’t Be Prepared for Cyber Attack for Another Two Years

Earlier this week, representatives of the US Cyber Command (CC) told the Joint Chiefs that the US military won’t be able to fend of a major cyberattack at least until 2019.

Brig. Gen. Charles L. Moore Jr., Joint Chiefs of Staff deputy director for global operations, told the House Armed Services Committee that, “We don’t have the scale or the complexity to truly represent a realistic and relevant threat, the ones that we’re truly trying to train to.”

One lawmaker asked CC deputy commander Lt. Gen. James K. “Kevin” McLaughlin if his forces were equipped to respond to an attack on US network infrastructure. McLaughlin responded, “I would not be able to say I’m confident we would be able to respond to all of those. Control systems are different than platforms like airplanes and tanks, which are different from networks.”

This will soon change as the CC is building what it calls a Persistent Training Environment (PTE) to function as a sort of digital shooting gallery that can house a wide variety of devices, networks, systems and other participants to better simulate realistic attack scenarios.

When a wide-ranging cyberattack happens in the US, CC will be the primary agency responsible for defense, under the supervision of the US Northern Command, who, in turn, is under the supervision of the DHS.

Full article: US Won’t Be Prepared for Cyber Attack for Another Two Years (Sputnik News)

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