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Pentagon Better Prepared to Deal with Cyber Attacks

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According to the Defense Department’s cyberpolicy director Steve Schleien, the agency is better prepared to deal with cyber attacks globally today than it was in 2008. A 2008 military computer breach led the Pentagon to creating the U.S. Cyber Command in 2009.

It is also the reason President Obama launched the international strategy for cyberspace in spring of this year and the department’s July release of its related strategy for operating in cyberspace.

“Having the strategy in place, having the Cyber Command and the service cyber components taking a serious look at day-in, day-out coordination of cyber defenses, [and] the knowledge we have of what our adversaries are doing and how to deal with it,” Schleien told American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel.

A new cyberpolicy program, the Pentagon came up with called the Defense Industrial Base, will help certain industry companies protect defense-related information on their computer networks for the most serious intruders.

“What we’ve done in this cyber pilot that finished up in September is to take a smaller set of DIB companies and try to bring classified signatures, or information that really is in the domain of the government and DoD, to help protect their networks from higher-level adversaries,” said Schleien.

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