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Pentagon to beef up cyber security, will include measures to protect electric grid


From the February 4, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published February 4, 2013

By Jeannine Anderson
Editor

The Pentagon will undertake a major expansion of its cyber security force over the next several yearsThe Washington Post reported Jan. 27. The Department of Defense's Cyber Command will expand from about 900 personnel to 4,900, the Post said. The plan calls for three types of forces: "national mission forces" to protect computer systems that run electrical grids, power plants and other critical infrastructure; "combat mission forces" to help commanders abroad carry out attacks; and "cyber protection forces" to protect the Defense Department's networks.


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