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A new White House cybersecurity strategy could give more authority to the military to hack into private networks and compromise networks in the future, according to new reports from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the National Security Archive.
The reports come as the administration has faced mounting criticism from lawmakers for its cybersecurity failures and public statements from top officials who say the administration is making progress in improving cybersecurity, but there are still many questions about how and when it will implement the new cybersecurity strategy.
The White House’s cybersecurity efforts have so far focused on increasing the number of people employed by the U.S. Cyber Command, the cyber unit of the Defense Department.
However, some analysts have suggested the military could be empowered to further expand the role of its Cyber Command if it were to be given the power to launch attacks against targets overseas, according the CSIS report, “The Cyber War Plan.”CSIS and the NSA also released a report in July that found the Pentagon had more than 20,000 cyberwarfare units operating across all of the federal government, but the Pentagon’s cybersecurity capabilities were limited.
The report was a response to the Pentagon having to spend millions of dollars to expand its cyberwarfighting capabilities, but it also found that there were “a number of vulnerabilities” that would prevent it from fully integrating cyber capabilities.
The reports also found significant deficiencies in the U and U-2 spy planes, which are used by both the Air Force and Navy to spy on foreign targets and conduct intelligence gathering missions, and in the Joint Special Operations Command’s cyberwar capabilities.
The report found the cyber capabilities of the U-22s and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters were “significantly less secure” than those of the F-35 and F-22 fighter jets, and the Pentagon could not fully integrate cyber capabilities to fight cyberattacks.
The new report suggests that the Pentagon should “rethink” the cyber war strategy and move to a new “strategic cyber strategy,” according to the Center on National Security at the Heritage Foundation.
“In a cyberwar, cyber capabilities are both tools of war and tools of deception,” the report states.
“The U. S. government should embrace a strategy that focuses on cyber warfighting rather than the acquisition of cyber capabilities.”
“This is not a war of attrition, but a war for information, and cyberwar should be an essential part of any comprehensive strategy to defeat a state-sponsored attack,” the National Intelligence Council (NIC) said in a statement.
“This new strategy should include cyber-enabled cyber capabilities, as well as other capabilities that will be used to attack other countries and nations, including cyber attacks, cyber espionage, and information warfare,” the statement continued.
The IC Council on Foreign Relations (ICFR), which is a foreign policy think tank that is closely aligned with the National Interest and has extensive ties to the Trump White House, also supported the strategy, writing in a press release that the strategy “will make the U in cyberspace a more important partner for the U, while providing the United States a strategic advantage.”
“The cyberwar strategy should address a number of critical vulnerabilities in U. s. cyberspaces, including vulnerabilities that undermine our national security,” the ICFR wrote.
“It should also include other capabilities for protecting U. .
S. cyber infrastructure from cyberattacks, and it should include a cyber-security strategy for cyberspies that focuses more on U. sa national security.”
The Cyber Strategy 2020 report from the ICIS and National Security Archives is scheduled to be released on Monday.