The U.S. military has taken on a new initiative for combating computer network threats.
Wired PR News – The U.S. military has announced a new initiative for defending itself against escalating computer network threats. As reported by AFP, the military has announced the establishment of the first cyber command in the nation.
As noted by AFP, over 100 foreign intelligence agencies make frequent attempts to hack into the United States military’s over 15,000 networks.
Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn is quoted in the report as remarking in regards to the importance of the measure, “Our defense networks are constantly under attack… They are probed thousands of times a day. They are scanned millions of times a day. And the frequency and sophistication of attacks are increasing exponentially.” A White House policy review is further quoted as stating, “cybersecurity risks pose some of the most serious economic and national security challenges of the 21st century.”
Photo Credit: DoD photo by Master Sgt. Ken Hammond, U.S. Air Force