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Paul Nakasone: Pentagon Trains New Cyber Force to Defend US Against ‘Destructive’ Attacks

cybersecurityThe Defense Department has started to deploy a mission force of cybersecurity professionals in real-life operational settings in an effort to protect key U.S. systems, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Maj. Gen. Paul Nakasone was quoted as saying that the Cyber National Mission Force‘s mission is “to ensure that we are prepared if there are disruptive and destructive attacks against the nation.”

Nakasone added that almost 80 percent of the cyber group’s workforce are military personnel with an average age of 24 years, the report said.

DoD aims to have trained and capable cyber mission teams by 2018.

The station reports that lawmakers urged DoD to establish a policy that would help multiple government agencies to respond to a U.S. cyber attack.

Aaron Hughes, deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy, said he believes that cyber incident responses should depend on the extent of property damage and financial impact.

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