Friday, July 15, 2011

'Internet is our new battle ground': Pentagon warns it is going on the offensive in cyber warfare - 14th July 2011

The Pentagon plans to turn cyberspace into an 'operational domain' in which trained forces defend against attacks.

Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn said the Pentagon wanted to avoid militarising cyberspace but at the same time secure strategic networks, both by threat of retaliation and by mounting an effective defence.

'In the 21st Century, bits and bytes can be as threatening as bullets and bombs,' Mr Lynn said in a speech today at the National Defense University.

'Our ability to identify and respond to a serious cyber attack is ... only part of the strategy.

'Our strategy's overriding emphasis is on denying the benefit of an attack,' he said.

'If an attack will not have its intended effect, those who wish us harm will have less reason to target us through cyberspace in the first place.'

He said as part of its active defences, the Pentagon would introduce new operating concepts and capabilities on its networks, such as sensors, software and signatures to detect and stop malicious code before it affects U.S. operations.

'Far from militarising cyberspace, our strategy of securing networks to deny the benefit of an attack will help dissuade military actors from using cyberspace for hostile purposes,' Lynn said. Read More