Report says Pentagon must bolster cyber security staff.

America's enemies recognize that cyberattacks are a low-cost way to…

America’s enemies recognize that cyberattacks are a low-cost way to counter U.S. military might, a government watchdog agency said Monday, recommending that the Pentagon clarify the duties and command structure of its cyber workforce.

The Government Accountability Office, in a report released Monday, said the Pentagon has made progress setting up its new U.S. Cyber Command, but must set deadlines to lay out more detailed guidelines on how its cyber workforce fits together.

“The threat to Department of Defense (DOD) computer networks is substantial and the potential for sabotage and destruction is present,” said GAO.

Defense officials have acknowledged that the department’s networks get attacked or probed millions of times a day — with the bulk of the activity being less serious scans. Across the government, officials are struggling to beef up their defense of federal computer systems from hackers, criminals and enemies, including other nations.

Source: Lolita C. Baldor for the Associated Press.

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