Cyber Command’s 5-point strategy

Gen. Keith Alexander announces hardened IT architecture plan

Commander of U.S. Cyber Command Gen. Keith Alexander highlighted his latest initiatives which he said will better answer this generation’s battle cry against cyber threats, writes Elizabeth Montalbano of InformationWeek.

Testifying at the House Arms Services Committee, Alexander pointed out his five priorities:

  • Treating cyberspace as a domain within DOD.
  • Employing active cyber defenses and other new defense approaches.
  • Teaming with other federal agencies and the private sector on a national cybersecurity strategy.
  • Strengthening relationships with international partners.
  • Recruiting a cybersecurity workforce.

He also outlined steps to develop a “defensible IT architecture” that incorporates cloud computing and thin-client networks to move data to remote, secure computing sites off desktop computers.

As Federal Computer Week has previously reported, Alexander sees the domain of cyberspace to be defended as a wide-ranging territory.

“Cyberspace has become a critical enabler for all elements of national and military power,” Alexander said in a speech he delivered on June 3, 2010 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “As President Obama’s national security strategy states, our digital infrastructure therefore is a strategic national asset. And protecting it, while safeguarding privacy and civil liberties, is a national security priority."

Reader Comments

Wed, Mar 23, 2011 A Henry North Carolina

I have had the opportunity to listen to a few presentations by Gen. Alexander and he has consistently pioneered leadership and has had the foresight for what is needed to help defend our nation from cyber threats. It is refreshing to see follow through in teaming with other federal agencies and especially the private sector in accomplishing these goals. It is vastly important for partnerships to be developed with the private sector as they not only typically have the greatest technology innovations but also control a very large percentage of the technology infrastructure, critical in any defense strategy. In having this leadership, I know that many skilled and patriotic Americans will be very willing to enhance nations security posture.

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