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    US Army's First Dedicated Cyber Brigade Now Operational

    While the DF worry about people posting paddys day parade photos on facebook, here is a good article on how the US are looking the the cyber threat.


    http://www.infosecisland.com/blogvie...erational.html

    In recent years, information systems have become central to every aspect of American life, as well as assuming a critical role in government and private sector functionality, making cyber security a top priority in order to bolster national security.

    The U.S. Army's first-of-its-kind dedicated computer network security brigade is now operational and has been deployed in support of combat-active units in the field.

    The 780th Military Intelligence Brigade, originally conceived in 2008, will be utilized in a limited capacity until the teams are fully operational in 2015.

    "We have an expeditionary cyber capability to assist Army units in defense of their networks. We have a team that is forward deployed right now in Afghanistan. They go forward to help the brigade combat team secure their networks," said the brigade’s commander, Col. John Sweet.

    The final decision for the Army's Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) to assemble the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade was made in 2010, and the unit's colors were officially unfurled at an activation ceremony at NSA's Friedman Auditorium in Fort Meade, Md., on Dec. 1.

    "With an urgent insistence and tremendous help from the National Security Agency, Department of Defense and U.S. Cyber Command, Army and Congressional staff, the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command created the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade to support U.S. and Army Cyber Commands with their missions to provide a proactive cyber defense," an Army press release stated.

    The 780th has also been addressing the defense of Department of Defense networks which are under a constant barrage of intrusion events.

    The DoD reports that there are over seven million computing devices in use by the military, and that their fifteen-thousand networks are subject to as many as 250,000 probes per hour.

    "It’s a very complex threat—pervasive, evolving, highly intelligent, very adaptive to our countermeasures. It ranges from nation-states to non-nation-state actors, criminal elements and individual hackers. Motivations and goals range from the challenge of getting into a network to ideological goals to financial gain, including gathering information and intelligence to support foreign national interests. It’s a wide and varied threat we have to defend against," said Col. Sweet.

    The rapidly changing threat landscape in the cyber domain necessitated the creation of the 780th, and application of the brigade's expertise will continue to broaden in scope over the coming years.

    “If there’s anything that keeps me awake at night, it’s the technology and how fast our adversaries evolve and the techniques they’re using to try to get into our networks — and keeping up with that amount of information... We improve security every day in the conduct of our mission, working on the protection of the Department of Defense networks. We have successes every day as far as operations in the domain,” said Col. Sweet.
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    Looks like the British won't be far behind this concept.....

    http://news.sky.com/story/1147919/cy...by-uk-military

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    Tom Clancy's book "Threat Vector" featured this very thing - a dedicated US military cyber warfare outfit....
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    I just wonder why they came up with the idea now, more than 20 years after the Internet emerged...

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    Well I believe GCHQ was heading up the Cyber Defence side of things, and they already have a collective of "Cyber Reserves".

    I think the point of this concept is to have a military unit that engages in Cyber Warfare, both defensively and offensively. Plus, it's a means to get this level of expertise on the cheap.

    There would have to be a significant incentive package to entice and retain the desired personnel though.

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    What's to say the DF is not following suit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeV View Post
    What's to say the DF is not following suit?
    Did anyone say they weren't?

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    Implied in the first post!
    And the DF does have a unit dedicated to this. Don't ask as that's all I am saying OK.
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    NATO video on the 2007 Russian DDoS attacks on Estonian networks

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    we've had our own Cyber Warfare Unit running for a while now and are just about to create the Joint Cyber Reserve (JCR) for Reserve Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen to get involved in.

    it's now a key weapon in any governments arsenal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by apod View Post
    Implied in the first post!
    And the DF does have a unit dedicated to this. Don't ask as that's all I am saying OK.
    Good luck hanging on to them for DF pay....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Al View Post
    Good luck hanging on to them for DF pay....
    Don;t worry about it.The people in that unit are experts in the field as well as being dedicated members of the DF.The s**t they can do is scary!!
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    I'm sure they are but 15th October could be a game changer for some of those in pubic service jobs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Al View Post
    I'm sure they are but 15th October could be a game changer for some of those in pubic service jobs.
    why would that change anything for the troops?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoyalGreenJacket View Post
    why would that change anything for the troops?
    If Noonan takes another large bite out of people's pockets that who know what will happen. Dedication to the DF, as admirable as it is, doesnt pay mortgages or feed families and if you have an IT skill that is in serious demand and pays handsomely then other options become very attractive. There is definitely a bubble in the IT sector here at the moment.
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    I thought all public servants were well-paid layabouts with cushy jobs & millionaires pensions; why would you give that up?
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    I thought the pension levy and haddington road put paid to that
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    Oct 15 - ahh Budget Day ! Am so accustomed to Budget Day being the first Wed in December...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Truck Driver View Post
    Oct 15 - ahh Budget Day ! Am so accustomed to Budget Day being the first Wed in December...
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    It looks like some cyber activity might be heading in Iran’s direction soon

    https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annal...term=TNY_Daily
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