United States Cyber Command is
a Unified Combatant Command of Unites States Strategic Command. It was created
to unify to direction of US cyberspace and strengthen Department of Defense’s
cyberspace capabilities and integrate on its cyber expertise. 1
Based on the research, it’s
mission statement is it “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.” 1
With the mission above, it
helps the Department Defense strengthen its operations most especially in
securing the networks. I believe this is very important because military
operations and directions are online and all connected to network and these
must be protected to secure the proper coordination of all division, onshore
and offshore, otherwise if penetrated will have a very bad impact to the
information security environment.
Although the main mission is
to protect the cyberspace, this Cyber Command has a domino effect to the safety
of the US land as a whole because right now, detection of threats to a nation
is not physical but through the networks and other devices and then the
Department of Defense will do its job to react on the threat.
To be able to do these duties,
US Cyber Command have different teams specializing on the very important areas
of protecting CyberSpace. The teams are : ”
National Mission Team. These teams will be the
one responsible for analyzing and reacting to general attacks. If needs special
attention, they will forward it to special teams. There are 15 teams for this
one since 2015.
Cyber Protection Teams. These teams will help
the Department of Defense networks and systems against threats.
Combat Mission Teams. These team specializes in cyberattacks that
could affect the contingency plans of the Department of Defense and all its special services.
These teams support the analytics
of the command which is very essential because through analytics, all possible
reporting could be setup and somehow some other types of anomalies can be
detected here. For me, even if its in Cyber Command, it’s never immune to insider
threats so reporting and auditing are very important. ” 2
The teams above support the Department
of Defense primary cyber missions which are to protect its networks, applications and information
which are very important aspects of defense for US, otherwise data alone if not
protected will be used by villains to attack US. The other mission is protect
against cyber-attacks and the negative consequences, and to support operations
of the military. Without the cyber command, these different areas of DoD will
be vulnerable in some aspects.
The US Cyber Command based on
its mission helps the country against theft from military information and
strategies which is known by others especially its enemies , will be used by
them to counter our defenses and will have the country defeated.
With its missions above, I
believe that the command will also take down all detected organized attacks to
US and its security infrastructure which I may not have that much idea if it’s
currently happening, but I believe it had and will happen most likely. So
constant defense and being proactive cyber command secures the country from
significant attacks, though not giving 100 percent since I believe nobody is
immune from penetrations but at least will not totally destroy our defenses
since many layers of security and defenses are in place by the US Cyber Command.
The Cyber Command is a very
significant help for Department of Defense since it will streamline the command
and control of cyber operations.