United States Cyber Command Broadens Reach

The United States Cyber Command recently announced an initiative that would hire 6,000 new “cyber professionals” across the country to help protect government networks. USCYBERCOM is a branch of the Armed Forces tasked with orchestrating the defense against and response to attacks on the United States’ cyber infrastructure.

Federal and state networks alike face an ever-growing number of cyber attacks, as stated in a report released by the Department of Homeland Security last Wednesday at the start of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The report also stated that despite the threat posed by these attacks, government funding for cyberdefense is scarce.

House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers was reported last Wednesday saying he would like to see the United States take a more offensive strategy in cyberspace, but added that proper procedures for such offensives must first be established by the Pentagon and other such entities.

[1] “U.S. Cyber Command plans to recruit 6,000 cyber professionals[…]”

[2] “Cyber Command looks to fill 6,000 jobs”

[3] “Cyberattacks on State Databases Escalate”