U.S. Cyber Com Commander Outlines Missions

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    Building the Cyber Force

    Cyber Command, partnering with other organizations, has three primary missions, said Rogers, who is also the director of the National Security Agency and chief of the Central Security Service:

    -- Operate and defend the department’s networks, platforms and weapon systems against cyber threats;

    -- Generate a dedicated workforce to apply cyber capabilities from defensive to offensive;

    -- Apply cyber capabilities to help defend 16 critical U.S. private-sector infrastructure segments, from power and water to financial and aviation.

    In meeting those demands, Rogers said, “We are spending a lot of time going back to the fundamentals: how do you create a network in which defensibility, redundancy and reliability are core design characteristics?”

    Many existing networks and systems were built in a very different time and a place, when the threat of adversaries appeared small, he said, while now even data storage is an increasingly valuable target, given the “many who have a strong desire to steal it.”

    Rogers said Cyber Command is about halfway through building a 6,200-person “dedicated, high-end cyber mission force,” slated to form 133 teams to operate across the three mission areas.

    The workforce is scheduled to be at initial operating capacity by Sept. 30, 2016, and fully mission-capable two years later, Rogers said. He added, “As soon as we can bring capability online we’re employing it … we can’t wait for it to be perfect.”

    Moving from Transactions to Partnerships

    Rogers told his audience Cyber Command wants to build private-sector partnerships to further its cyber missions.

    “I believe in what you bring to this fight,” he said. “I believe in the knowledge and the innovation that you help power.”

    Cyber Command has established a small presence in Silicon Valley made up largely of reservists who work in the tech sector, Rogers said. The goal, he said, is “to bridge the differences in perspective and the lack of knowledge and insight that at times we each have about the other.”

    He also seeks more interaction with academic institutions, including Stanford, Berkeley and others, he said, “Because I believe that the academic perspective, the research and the insights they develop are also important for us.”

    Cyber Command regularly exercises its capabilities to prepare for future real-world operations, he noted.

    “I encourage industry, I encourage all of you in your organizations – we want to partner,” the admiral said. “And if you’re interested in being involved in some of those exercises, we welcome your participation.”

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