Navy Adm. Michael Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, has said Cybercom wants to drawÂ upon the expertise of companies in order toÂ secure the DefenseÂ Department‘s operations in cyberspace, DoD News reported Thursday.
Cheryl Pellerin writes the General Services AdministrationÂ has sought bids in October for a potential five-year, $460 million contract for cyberspace, intelligence and engagement missionsÂ support at Cybercom.
“We turn to the private sector to harness the abilities and their capabilities to generate the tools DoD needs to execute its broad mission to defend the nation and protect our interests,” Rogers, who also directs the National Security Agency, told his audienceÂ at the annual Reagan National Defense Forum in California.
HeÂ notedÂ the manipulation of data by U.S. adversaries through network intrusion as a primary challenge for military cybersecurity efforts.
Rogers added heÂ is also concerned about the potential of non-state actors such as al-Qaida and the Islamic State group to use cyber as a weapon for their destructive activities.