Pentagon's New Cyber Defense Strategy Considers Russia and China as Main Threats
WASHINGTON, DC – September 19, 2018
The US Defense Department on Tuesday unveiled its first cybersecurity strategy under the Trump administration, saying that the United States is involved in a long-term strategic rivalry with China and Russia, and Washington faces an immediate and unacceptable risk of" malicious cyber activity."
Russia and China considered as the main cyber threats facing the United States, but the report also names Iran and North Korea as nations using cyber warfare "to harm U.S. citizens and threaten U.S. interests."
"Russia has used cyber-enabled information operations to influence our population and challenge our democratic processes," the report said, adding that China has sought to steal sensitive information from the American government and "private sector institutions."
In response, the Pentagon will "defend forward" by aiming to "disrupt or halt malicious cyber activity at its source, including activity that falls below the level of armed conflict." It also says the military aimed to "build a more lethal force ... for both warfighting and countering malicious cyber actors." No details of specific operations has been revealed, but it said in wartime U.S. cyber forces "will be prepared to operate alongside our air, land, sea, and space forces".