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Michael Rogers: Cybercom Eyes Cyber Defense, Offense, Deterrence Capabilities

Adm. Michael Rogers
Adm. Michael Rogers

Adm. Michael Rogers has outlined his views on U.S. cyber capabilities, particularly in utilizing cyber tools for both defensive and offensive action and for tracking down the Islamic State group, DoD News reported Monday.

Cheryl Pellerin writes that Rogers, head of U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency, said at a recent New America Foundation conference that the U.S. still has room to further explore cyberspace as a domain of war.

Rogers, an inductee into Executive Mosaic‘s Wash100 for 2015, told conference participants that Cybercom is working to build in core security capabilities to update the network infrastructure as part of cyber defense efforts.

“We’re trying to defend infrastructure in which redundancy, resiliency and defensibility were never design characteristics,” he said.

He noted that they will also be following a legal framework to manage potential cyber offense and deterrence operations as terrorist organizations also leverage cyberspace, particularly the dark Web, to conduct activities to generate resources and funding.

“This is still the early stages of cyber in many ways… so we’re going to have to work our way through this,” Rogers added.

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