Home > United Nations Online Network in Public Administration and Finance (UNPAN)
1. Global
Global
2. Africa
Africa
3. Arab States
Arab States
4. Asia & Pacific
Asia & Pacific
5. Europe
Europe
6. Latin America & Caribbean
Latin America & Caribbean
7. North America
North America
UNPAN North America
Public Administration News  
Share
U.S.: Defense to Weigh Civilian Cyber Militia
Source: nextgov.com
Source Date: Friday, December 20, 2013
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Citizen Engagement
Country: United States
Created: Dec 24, 2013

Congress has mandated that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel evaluate the practicality of hiring part-time nonmilitary employees to help the National Guard thwart cyberattacks.

Some states and other nations, including Estonia, already have volunteer netwarfare squads poised to protect networks controlling oil reserves, subways and other critical infrastructure in times of crisis.

The corps outlined in the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act that lawmakers approved on Thursday night would recruit "non-dual technicians," or National Guard personnel who are not required to deploy overseas. Dual-status employees must be uniformed military members and maintain their Defense Department ranks and assignment units.

The legislative text calls for "an assessment of the appropriateness of hiring on a part-time basis non-dual status technicians who possess appropriate cyber security expertise for purposes of assisting the National Guard in protecting critical infrastructure and carrying out cyber missions."

Earlier this year, House and Senate members from both parties introduced legislation that would stand up a National Guard "Cyber and Computer Network Incident Response Team" -- or Cyber Guard -- in every state. Officials with the National Guard Association of the United States have said they back the proposals, but note Defense officials have argued the teams might sap resources from departmental cyber activities.

There have been concerns about domestic extremist groups or cybersecurity contractors forming rogue bands of cyber patriots. But it does not appear that either of the Guard organizations described is structured in a way that would give rise to such cyber mercenaries.

(By Aliya Sternstein)

News Home

 Tag This
 Tell A Friend
del.icio.us digg this Slashdot
Rate:
0 ratings
Views: 102

Comments: 0 Bookmarked: 0 Tagged: 0



0 Comments | Login to add comment

Site map | FAQs | Terms and Privacy | Contact Us
Copyright 2008-2010 by UNPAN - United Nations Public Administration Network