Privacy concerns have become an issue for the Pentagon’s cybersecurity plans. Due to this, the Pentagon has delayed and may end the Cyber Command plan.
With Congress questioning the privacy issues, as well as the overall mission, a launch date is not in sight. It was first supposed to be launched this past October.
The goal of the plan is to protect the department against any possible threats or attacks to the global network of computer systems. Congress is questioning how far should the Pentagon go to defend their own network. Moreover, there are concerns about the coordination of offensive attacks on enemy networks.
In a FierceGovernmentIT report, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Robert J. Butler, stated, “Our goal here is to better protect our forces. If someone can intrude inside the network, it could impair our ability to communicate at operate.”
Until there is a resolution, and the mission of the Cyber Command is clearly defined and agreed upon, the confirmation of Lt. General Keith B. Alexander as head of the command will be on hold.