Pentagon building automated scorecard system to tackle escalating cyber …

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Cyber: the opposite of the Cold War?.

THE PENTAGON WANTS TO KEEP a close eye on its cyber muscle and its threats and weaknesses and be in a position to refer to an electronic scorecard that rates and ranks its networks and systems.The US Defense Department is building a massive, electronic system to provide an overview of the vulnerabilities of the military’s computer networks, weapons systems, and installations, and help officials prioritise how to fix them, the deputy commander of US Cyber Command said. Air Force Lieutenant General Kevin McLaughlin told Reuters officials should reach agreement on a framework within months, with a goal of turning the system into an automated “scorecard” in coming years. But in most cases it’s a very different ball game in many respects — and while there may be some adversaries common with the Cold War, there remain fundamental differences. “In the Cold War, we almost always assigned one organization to conduct operations and manage risks,” said Lt.

A recent Pentagon study found that the bulk of US weapons systems have a vulnerability of some sort, while a Russian hacking group has been on an unofficial tour of the White House. The effort, being led by the Pentagon’s chief information officer, grew out of a critical report about cyber threats released earlier this year by the Pentagon’s chief weapons tester, and escalating cyberattacks by China and Russia. The report by Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon’s director of testing and evaluation, warned that nearly every major US weapons system was vulnerable to cyberattacks. The suggestion is that managing threats and vulnerabilities is like herding cats, and that the scorecard will help the authorities focus on which cats are most unruly and which can be left pretty much to their own devices.

Initial data entry would be done by hand, but the goal was to create a fully automated system that would help defense officials instantaneously detect and respond to cyber attacks, McLaughlin said after a speech at the annual Billington Cybersecurity Summit. No cats will be involved, but data and information will be, and the Pentagon will eventually have a live map of its strengths and weaknesses. “There’s probably not enough money in the world to fix all those things, but the question is what’s most important, where should we put our resources as we eat the elephant one bite at a time,” he said. McLaughlin told the conference that Cyber Command had already set up about half of 133 planned cyber response teams with about 6,200 people, and all of them would achieve an initial operational capability by the end of 2016.

We imagine that any threat scorecard that the US authorities might hold on its rivals would look like a long column with the stars and stripes at the top and everyone else below and under scrutiny. McLaughlin said the scorecard was initially intended to look at weapons and networks, but the Pentagon was now looking at a broader and more sophisticated approach that also accounted for how data was moved among agencies within the military. When the first stage of that evolution is complete, CYBERCOM will comprise 133 cyber teams and roughly 6,200 personnel dedicated to cyber offense and defense. “We aren’t waiting for these forces to be fully manned before we deploy them.

Recently it looked like security company Kaspersky was suggesting that the NSA, or the US government, was supporting an international cyber espionage outfit called the Equation Group. µ US Army, Navy and Air Force officials, who also spoke at the event, mapped out their own cybersecurity efforts, citing new levels of communication and collaboration among the services around these issues. He said Cyber Command spot checks and inspections were now being flagged to the command’s top leader, Admiral Mike Rogers, which had spurred greater accountability than in earlier years. If you want 20 years’ experience, it’s going to take 20 years, and we’re rapidly building a framework for that to occur.” The battle essentially has preceded the Pentagon bringing its cyber organization online.

Joint Force Headquarters-DoD Information Networks, the Fort Meade-based organization tasked with operating and defending the military’s networks, was in existence for mere days before it was thrown into the fray. “We are less than a year old, and from Day 3 we were thrown into the fight” with an unspecified incident, said JFHQ-DoDIN Deputy Commander Brig. Such hackers may be backed by foreign governments as they would not profit per se on hacking weapons systems without being funded largely by an entity.

Robert Skinner. “From that point [forward], we have been in a constant state of — I won’t say chaos, but a constant state of aggressive actions and a constant state of moving forward.” MORE INFO: Learn more about securing defense and federal networks at C4ISR & Networks and Federal Times’ CyberCon 2015, held Nov. 18 at the Ritz Carlton in Pentagon City, Virginia. HT was a company that specializes in developing and selling digital espionage tools to governments across the globe. 400 GB worth of their internal data got leaked by the hackers, which led to the discovery of their controversial clients and several zero-day exploits that were later fixed.

The GOP hackers wanted to stop the launching of “The Interview”, a satirical movie that depicts a fictional assassination attempt on North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. In an event which the Internet dubbed as “The Fappening”, hackers continually leaked private photos of some Hollywood celebrities and personalities online. Kaspersky even said that there were no samples found from 2014, which could mean that the group had already developed advanced hacking techniques in order to avoid detection.

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