Disagreement over the military’s role in cyber space and litigation concerns are major factors delaying the U.S. government’s efforts to form new rules for cyber engagement, Defense News reports.
Zachary Fryer-Biggs wrote May 7 that officials have not yet delegated the authority to protect critical domestic infrastructure to either the Department of Homeland Security or Defense Department, but DoD officials expect to have rules in place in the next few months to update related regulations first implemented in 2005.
Current rules grant the military the ability to only respond to attacks against military or other government networks.
Retired Marine Corps General and former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff James “Hoss” Cartwright told the publication some concerns surround DHS’s ability to defend the public and it is not clear when the Pentagon should step in.
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