US Cyber Command opens its doors a month late


US Cyber Command opens its doors a month late

Warwick Ashford

The military command charged with defending US Department of Defense networks against cyber attacks has gone into full operation, but a month later than scheduled.

The DoD said the opening was delayed by critical tasks, including setting up a joint operations centre, according to US reports.

In addition to protecting DoD networks, the Fort Meade, Maryland facility is in charge of all US federal cyber-warfare activities.

Last month, the US officially opened a unified command centre for government cyber security in Arlington, Virginia.

The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) is aimed at improving US national efforts to respond to threats and incidents affecting critical information technology and communications infrastructure.

The Fort Meade Cyber Command brings together hundreds of personnel from the Joint Task Force for Global Network Operations and the Joint Functional Component Command for Network Warfare.

The facility will work closely with the National Security Agency (NSA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and other agencies on cyber warfare.

Last month the DoD and DHS signed an agreement to collaborate more closely on cyber-related issues to merge civilian and military cybersecurity efforts.

Preparing the US military for cyber warfare is a priority for the US government and the Cyber Command is its first line of defence.

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