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US Defense Department to issue new rules for waging war in cyberspace

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London Telegraph
July 14, 2011

Facing escalating risks of cyber-attacks by hackers, criminals and other nations, the Pentagon is developing more resilient computer networks so the military can continue to operate if critical systems are breached or taken down.

In a broad new cybersecurity strategy to be released on Thursday, the Defense Department lays out its vulnerabilities to attack from both outside and within its own workforce. Formally declaring cyberspace a new warfare domain, much like air, land and sea, the new strategy stresses the need for the military to continue to operate if its computer systems are attacked and degraded.

The Associated Press reviewed a draft copy of the 12-page, unclassified summary of the strategy to be released by The Pentagon.

The strategy is the final step in the administration’s effort to map out how to handle the escalating threat of destructive cyber-attacks, including potential assaults on critical infrastructure such as the electrical grid, financial networks or power plants.

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