What Will CYBERCOM’S Mission Be?

The U.S. Cyber Command – or CYBERCOM – officially became operational in late May.

But observers inside the military and out still aren’t sure what the command is supposed to do: protect the Pentagon’s networks, strike out at enemies, seal up civilian vulnerabilities, or some combination of all three.

CYBERCOM officials insist they have no interest in taking over the security of the Internet, but Pentagon officials have floated the idea the Defense Department might start a protective program for civilian networks.