via InformationWeek Government
Gen. Keith Alexander has outlined a series of next steps to be pursued by the six-month-old U.S. Cyber Command, including development of a “defensible architecture” that’s better suited for the latest generation of cyber threats.
Alexander is director of the National Security Agency and commander of U.S. Cyber Command, which operates out of Fort Meade in Maryland and reports to U.S. Strategic Command within the Department of Defense. Last year, he painted a dire picture of the threats to DoD networks, revealing they’re subject to 250,000 probes every hour. Last week, in testimony to the House Armed Services Committee, he reiterated the urgency of securing DoD networks
The threats continue to mature and, while no major attack has happened so far, the United States must be prepared, Alexander said. “We are collectively vulnerable to an array of threats ranging from network instability to criminal and terrorist activities to state-sponsored capabilities and actions that are progressing from exploitation to disruption to destruction,” he said.
U.S. Cyber Command became operational in October. Alexander outlined several challenges facing his organization, including the need to prevent a “cyber 9/11” type of attack on critical infrastructure.