Cybersecurity poses 'continued key challenge' for US, Hagel says

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) has told the Senate Armed Services Committee in a 112-page document responding to a list of questions from the committee that he believes cyberattack deterrence remains a "continued key challenge" for the nation, and that if he is confirmed as secretary of defense he will ensure that the Defense Department furnishes "strong support" for efforts to defend the country from hackers, reports The Hill.

To accomplish this, Hagel said that the country should use the full range of options available to it, the story said. Among those is the ability to employ "any authorized military operations," as well as diplomacy and law enforcement, he said.

Hagel said he will carefully weight various cyber challenges facing the department, as well as consult with other military officials and agencies before making decisions that will affect the country's cybersecurity policy, the story said. Hagel is expected to face tough questions at his confirmation hearing today.

Recruiting and training skilled military and civilian cyber professionals for the U.S. Cyber Command will pose a challenge because of the looming budget cuts the deparment faces, Hagel said in his responses.

"This is a high priority area for the department with regard to investment of both resources and management oversight and, if confirmed, I will review these systems and practices," Hagel is quoted as saying in the story.



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