Almost there, Gen. Kevin Chilton
Tuesday, March 17, 2009; 6:31 PM
The head of the Pentagon's Strategic Command warned Congress today that the United States is vulnerable to cyberattacks "across the spectrum" and that more needs to be done to defend against the potential of online strikes, which could "potentially threaten not only our military networks, but also our critical national networks."
But Air Force Gen. Kevin Chilton made clear to a House Armed Services subcommittee that he has not been asked to defend most government Web sites nor the commercial and public infrastructure networks whose destruction could cripple the nation.
Chilton's command, instead, has the responsibility "to operate and defend the military networks only and be prepared to attack in cyberspace when directed," he said, adding, "I think the broader question is, who should best do this for the other parts of America, where we worry about defending power grids, our financial institutions, our telecommunications, our transportation networks, the networks that support them."
The responsibility of protecting civilian networks currently rests with the Department of Homeland Security....
Almost there, Gen. Kevin Chilton Sir.
By Gerald Internet Anthropologist Think Tank
"defend most government Web sites nor the commercial and public infrastructure networks whose destruction could cripple the nation"
He missed the point, its not defending Miltary web sites or civilian sites, ITS THE NET, WWW.
If the WWW goes down ( See Cyber Pearl Harbor below , G ) then there is nothing to defend,
Military or civilian, and the Military will be Blind, Deaf and Dumb.
The focus is on defending the Internet Nodes.
Glenn Zimmerman, a cyberspace specialist at the Pentagon has a handle ion it.
From a millions of bot PC's doing a massive DOS attack.
It is do-able, the technology to shut off every PC in a bot net is there,
Be it one million or several hundred million,
we are not going to discuss it here. But we know how.
There are 3 ways to do it.
But the focus of the Military points to a misdirected Paradigm.
The Web sites and networks need to be protected, but if the WWW
goes down, it is for naught. Your sites and networks are safe but if
they depend on the WWW they are usless if the WWW is down.
Tactical Internet Systems analyst.