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Michael Rogers: Cybercom Keeps Eye on Improved Cyber Capabilities Among State, Nonstate Actors

Michael Rogers
Michael Rogers

Navy Adm. Michael Rogers, chief of U.S. Cyber Command, said Cybercom has seen an escalation in cyber operations by other countries and nonstate actors against U.S. government and private sector networks over the past year, DoD News reported Friday.

Terri Moon Cronk writes Rogers gave the remarks Wednesday as he testified before the House Armed Services Committee’s emerging threats and capabilities panel on the Defense Department’s fiscal 2017 budget request for Cybercom.

“They steal intellectual property, citizens’ personal information, and they have intruded into networks ranging from the Joint Staff’s unclassified network to networks controlling our nation’s critical infrastructure,” Rogers said.

Rogers, who is also director of the National Security Agency and chief of the Central Security Service, noted that Cybercom is on the lookout for signs of how Russia, China, Iran and North Korea as well as the Islamic State militant group work to improve their cyber capabilities.

Rogers, an inductee into Executive Mosaic’s Wash100 for 2016, told subcommittee members the 133 teams that comprise the command’s cyber mission force work to support the U.S. Central Command’s campaign against the Islamic State group.

He also cited the efforts of the Joint Force Headquarters DoD Information Networks to protect the Pentagon’s computer networks and data from potential cyber threats, according to the report.

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