Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Tuesday April 05, 2016

The Pentagon Doesn't Know Who Is In Charge During A Cyber Attack

Yes, you read that headline right. The Pentagon has no idea who to call in the event of a massive cyber attack. Even better, the military hasn't determined the best "bureaucratic approach" to supporting a civil authority in a cyber attack and hasn't even begun to update it's current guidelines.

The Pentagon does not have a clear chain of command for responding to a massive cyber attack on domestic targets in the United States, according to the federal government's principal watchdog. While some Defense Department documents say that U.S. Northern Command would have primary responsibility for supporting civilian agencies in such an event, other documents suggest U.S. Cyber Command should be leading that effort, the Government Accountability Office found, according to a new report published Monday.