Senators: Move carefully on Pentagon Cyber Command

April 15, 2010 By LOLITA C. BALDOR , Associated Press Writer

(AP) -- Senators said Thursday they will move cautiously on a new military command to tackle cyberthreats, citing questions about how the U.S. would conduct electronic warfare.

The U.S. hasn't fully developed policies on how to respond to cyberattacks that are routed through neutral countries or the computers of innocent Americans, several senators said during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the nomination of Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander to head the Pentagon's Cyber Command.

Technology has outpaced the development of policies to guide computer-based combat, said the committee chairman, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.

Levin asked Alexander about how he would respond to various cyberthreat scenarios, and said operations to combat such attacks "could have broad and damaging consequences."

Alexander agreed that an attack against America's privately operated , launched from another country but routed through the computers of unsuspecting U.S. citizens, poses difficult questions that the and other agencies are trying to answer.

Alexander said the new command is "not about an effort to militarize ," but is about safeguarding the integrity of the networks and improving the way the U.S. defends itself in cyberspace.

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not rated yet Apr 15, 2010
How about taking the power grid off the public grid, making it a completely separate entity, or just take them off the public grid. Problem Solved.

Point A is connected to Point B through PUBLIC MEGA POINT HUB. MEGA POINT HUB = Insecure

Point A connects to Point B through Private Controlled Point Hub. Private Controlled Point Hub = Secured? Well not connected to EVERYONE & Germany's Grandmother for poking and prodding.

Seriously, what are they having a hard time figuring out? Power Grids DO NOT NEED TO BE ON THE INTERNET WITH EVERYONE WHEN ONLY A FEW PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE ACCESS ANYWAYS?!???

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