Cyber Command Staff to Increase Staff in Coming Weeks: Pentagon

January 29, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The Pentagon has been among discussions to empower the Cyber Command and it looks like they have decided to pump up the number of employees on a massive scale. Located in Fort Meade, United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) is an armed forces sub-unified command subordinate to United States Strategic Command.

The command is charged with pulling together existing cyberspace resources, creating synergy and synchronizing war-fighting effects to defend the information security environment.

USCYBERCOM is tasked with centralizing command of cyberspace operations, strengthening DoD cyberspace capabilities, and integrating and bolstering DoD’s cyber expertise.

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About 4,900 employees will be taken into the mainstream. Many news agencies have reported that both government networks and those at critical infrastructure facilities such as oil and chemical refineries and power generation plants, have been under a constant barrage of attacks.

Initial plans call for three divisions under the Cyber Command, including staff to protect computer systems connected to the power grid, combat forces to carry out attacks abroad and teams to protect DoD networks.

The DoD and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have reportedly worked out an agreement to work together to coordinate cybersecurity defenses.

Cyber Command currently has 900 staff members, both military and civilian.

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