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Defense Officials: Cyber Strategy, Rules in the Making

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The Defense Department’s rules outlining how the military should react and when it can practice active cyber defense should come in the next few months, according to military officials.

Pentagon officials told the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday that the Joint Staff and the defense secretary’s policy office are collaborating to develop proactive defense rules, Information Week reports.

The instructions on cyber counter measures will build on the Pentagon’s strategy for cyberspace operations released last year, said Madelyn Creedon, assistant secretary for global strategic affairs.

Creedon said the framework will be a blueprint to implement and standardize the full range of cyberspace capabilities the organization is already using.

Pentagon Chief Information Officer Teri Takai told the House panel the Pentagon is also making progress in with the Defense Industrial Base pilot program.

Takai said the information sharing initiative, handed to the Department of Homeland Security to run in January, will expand to include at least 200 vendors from both Internet service providers and defense contractors.

The program allows the Pentagon and contractors to share information about threats and Takai said it has led to both sides gaining intelligence that they would not have otherwise received.

The panel also discussed which agency would get the role to head cybersecurity regulation, the report said.

Army Gen. Keith Alexander, head of Cyber Command and the National Security Agency, said he is comfortable with DHS’ role regulating networks and infrastructure and the Pentagon’s as the response team.

Looming budget cuts are another issue the agencies have to deal with.

Takai said the Pentagon included $3.4 billion for cybersecurity in its fiscal 2013 budget request, which the Pentagon may not have accounted for sequestration in.

The potential cuts resulting from sequestration could slacken the pace the Pentagon is able to deploy continuous monitoring capabilities and other areas for information technology spending, Takai said.

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