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Adm. Michael Rogers: Cybercom Taps Private Sector for Network Security Support

Adm. Michael Rogers
Adm. Michael Rogers

Navy Adm. Michael Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, has said Cybercom wants to draw upon the expertise of companies in order to secure the Defense Department‘s operations in cyberspace, DoD News reported Thursday.

Cheryl Pellerin writes the General Services Administration has sought bids in October for a potential five-year, $460 million contract for cyberspace, intelligence and engagement missions support at Cybercom.

“We turn to the private sector to harness the abilities and their capabilities to generate the tools DoD needs to execute its broad mission to defend the nation and protect our interests,” Rogers, who also directs the National Security Agency, told his audience at the annual Reagan National Defense Forum in California.

He noted the manipulation of data by U.S. adversaries through network intrusion as a primary challenge for military cybersecurity efforts.

Rogers added he is also concerned about the potential of non-state actors such as al-Qaida and the Islamic State group to use cyber as a weapon for their destructive activities.

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