Pentagon to increase cyber-security staff
Pentagon, United States (4E) – In order to counter cyber threats against the government’s computer networks, the Pentagon on Wednesday said that it would increase the number of its cyber-security staff up to five times within next few years.
The planned expansion of U.S. Cyber Command, which has 900 military and civilian staff members, came in the wake of series of cyber attacks at a time when the country’s military is trying to balance decreased budgets.
The Cyber Command’s expansion will see the creation of three types of forces – one that will help protect the computer systems that involve electrical grids; two will work on overseas offensive operations and third will see the protection of Pentagon’s internal system.
Talking to the Washington Post, the officials in the defense department said that the Pentagon had recently approved a proposal to expand to 4,900 troops and civilians.
“We’ve got good people that are involved in it, but, very frankly, if we’re going to stay on the cutting edge of what’s happening with regards to the changes that are occurring, we have got to invest more in that area,” said outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in a speech in November.