What is Cyber Command and what is its mission? According to Wikipedia, the mission statement of the United States Cyber Command is:
“plans, coordinates, integrates, synchronizes and conducts activities to: direct the operations and defense of specified Department of Defense information networks and; prepare to, and when directed, conduct full spectrum military cyberspace operations in order to enable actions in all domains, ensure US/Allied freedom of action in cyberspace and deny the same to our adversaries.” (emphasis added)
There is a lot of area that is included in that brief statement. It appears the Ash Carter, the Secretary of Defense has had to redirect CyberCom to put more emphasis on denying ISIS the use of the cyber world. They are to drop cyber bombs on ISIS. See what that means in this article.
As Written and first appeared on FoxNews.com:
US cyber command opening up new front against ISIS
The U.S. is supplementing its ground and aerial assaults on ISIS with a cyber-attack campaign, opening up a new, high-tech front in the war against the Internet-savvy terror group.
President Obama was scheduled Monday to address future efforts against ISIS at a conference in Germany with several European leaders, The New York Timesreported. One of those efforts is the burgeoning cyber war.
“We are dropping cyberbombs,” Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work told The Times. “We have never done that before.”
Though the cyber assault is the latest tact taken in the effort to destroy the terror group, details of the program have been vague, and its effectiveness is tough to evaluate.
The National Security Agency has conducted phone surveillance on ISIS for years, The Times reported, but the NSA’s military counterpart, Cyber Command, had not trained its sights on ISIS until recently. Now, secret tech weapons employed against more traditional U.S. adversaries such as Iran and North Korea will be deployed against the Islamist group.