dod leads cyber defense

Pentagon’s Cyber Policy chief Robert Butler announces new relationships, …in a break with previous policy, the military now is prepared to provide cyber expertise to other government agencies and to certain private companies to counter attacks on their computer networks…“. Defense News article, “DoD Expanding Domestic Cyber Role” emphasizes utilizing cyber capabilities of the Pentagon.  Butler, who is a deputy assistant defense secretary, said while the Department of Homeland Security officially remains the lead government agency on cyber defense, the new agreement ‘sets up an opportunity for DHS to take advantage of the expertise’ in the Pentagon, and particularly the secretive electronic spying agency, the National Security Agency. Is the Defense Department just helping out or is the military taking over?

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