Military’s Cyber Commander Swears: “No Role” in Civilian Networks

If your business gets hacked, don’t bother calling the U.S. military’s new Cyber Command.

Sure, the unit has some of the government’s top geeks — and is oh-so-conveniently co-located with the network infiltration experts at the National Security Agency. But Cyber Command is too busy trying to shore up the Pentagon’s digital defenses. Plus, they’re not even sure helping your company out would be legal, yet.

“Right now, we do not have a role,” new Cyber Command chief Gen. Keith Alexander tells reporters in a rare on-the-record interview. “Within the United States, I do not believe that’s where Cyber Command should or will operate.”

Changing that, Alexander adds, “is a decision the White House needs to make.”


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