A top Defense Department official for cyber policy emphasized the need for collaboration across federal agencies and âhybrid modelsâ to deal with cybersecurity.
âFor the past 14 months, we have been trying to continue to grow [U.S.] Cyber Command and its capabilities, at the same time looking at strategy and policy,â said Robert J. Butler, deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy. âWe need to find ways to operate more effectively in cyberspace.â
DoDâs focus on cybersecurity all boils down to the warfighter, he said before a group of reporters at the Defense Writersâ Group on Oct. 20.
Cyber defense is about ensuring the armed forces can deploy with all the information they need, the technological capacity to track supplies and other logistics, and the ability to remain in contact with neighboring units, he explained.
Butler also touted the cooperation between the White House, the Department of Homeland Security and the Defense Department on renewed cyber efforts. Last week, DoD and DHS announced a shared framework on cybersecurity, which laid out plans for information- and personnel-sharing.
Butler said the recent Cyber Storm III exercise was particularly helpful.
âWe were able to work out what the threat was, what the appropriate response was, who takes action, how do you determine conditions and postures,â he said, and it provided a âhuge learning experience for the department.â
Nextgov reported Butlerâs remarks âdownplayed the need to define clear lines of authority for federal authorities.â
Instead, the focus was on information-sharing and collaboration across agencies.
âThe question is what kind of hybrid models, what kind of rules, what kind of things do we need to counter a threat that continues to advance?â Butler said. âWeâve got congressional support. We got a blueprint, and weâre working on it.â