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Michael Rogers: Cybercom Must Be Flexible to Face Cyber Challenges

Navy Adm. Michael Rogers
Navy Adm. Michael Rogers

U.S. Cyber Command chief Michael Rogers believes CyberCom must demonstrate flexibility when responding to domestic cyber threats, DoD News reported Monday.

Cheryl Pellerin writes that Rogers’ priorities are to ensure that his workforce is well-trained and ready in the event of a cyber attack and that the command will adopt situational awareness technology for monitoring military networks.

“If you want to develop full-range capabilities and generate the maximum flexibility for their application, you’ve got to build a construct that recognizes we’re going to be supported sometimes, we’re going to be supporting other times, and sometimes we’re going to be doing both simultaneously,” he told DoD News in a recent interview.

Cybercom and the Defense Information Systems Agency have been working to establish a joint command-and-control line, according to Pellerin’s article.

Pellerin reports that Rogers said the command will also support the Homeland Security Department to address vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure networks and identify stronger defenses against security risks.

“I have always believed … that we need to integrate operations and networks and our defensive workforce into one team,” he told the publication.

“And that you are more effective in operating a network and in defending a network when you do it with one integrated approach.”

He noted that Cybercom participates in interagency cyber exercises to train the command and other military organizations in helping DHS and FBI respond to potential foreign-based attacks on U.S. networks.

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