Cyber Defense a Cooperative Effort
Cyber Defense a Cooperative
Effort, Rogers Says
By Claudette Roulo, DoD News,
Defense Media Activity.
Washington D.C. – (DoD
News) – November 15, 2014 – "Cyber blur" is an enormous challenge to those
seeking to defend the nation's networks, Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the
National Security Agency’s director, said today.
Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber
Command and NSA director
At the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley,
California, Rogers, who’s also commander of U.S. Cyber Command and chief of the
Central Security Service, explained that network defense isn't an either-or
proposition that can be neatly divided into public sector, private sector and
national security responsibilities.
"This is the ultimate team sport," he said. "There is no
single sector, there is no single element of this population, there is no single
element within the government that has the total answer. It will take all of us
working together to make this work."
The nation's adversaries don't hesitate to blend public and
private capabilities in the cyber realm, either, he said.
"The biggest thing that concerns me ... in the immediate near
term is we're taking capabilities, whether it be nation-states, groups or
individuals, and I'm watching some of these blur and create partnerships that
make attribution more difficult. They clearly are intended to try to stymie
attribution as well as policy decisions on our part," Rogers said. "... This is
going to require us to think a little differently."
National Cyber Strategy
Lack of a cyber strategy that includes not just national
defense, but public and private sector networks, has created a situation where
attackers run little risk by engaging in attempts to penetrate inner systems and
steal information, the admiral said.
"My concern there is, if we're not careful and this trend
continues, this will encourage nation-states, groups or individuals potentially
to start to engage in ever more escalatory and riskier behavior, and that's not
a good thing for us as a nation," he said.
Right now, there's a broad consensus on what elements need to
be addressed by a national cyber strategy, Rogers said, but the challenge has
been in coming to an agreement on specifics.
"From a Department of Defense perspective, I'm very
comfortable with the vision we have in terms of how do we create capability,
what skill set should it have, how should it be employed operationally, how
should it be integrated -- cyber's got to be integrated with a much broader
effort," he explained. "I'm not a big fan of looking at cyber kind of in
Bridging the Corporate Divide
Rogers said he's visited Silicon Valley twice in his seven
months in office in an effort to bring together the public- and private-sector
sides of the nation's cyber workforce and find some agreement between the needs
of corporate cyber and national defense.
"We have got to understand each other, and I'm watching two
cultures that are largely just talking past one another," the admiral said. "Not
because one is good and one is bad but because they're two different cultures
with really different views of the world around them [and] lack of familiarity
with the other side.
"If we are each going to vilify each other, we will get
nowhere,” Rogers continued. “It cannot be that one of us is good and one of us
is bad. We each have a valid concern, and what's the way that we can work
together to make this work."
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