Cyber Defense

Army cyber fighters are on the offensive against ISIS

“Our problem isn’t super sophisticated,” he explained. “I call it our ‘better homes and gardens’ ontology, which is essentially trucks and all of the [electronic] features that exist in general society.”

The last publically disclosed major cyber operation against ISIS began last November, and raised questions about the ability for the U.S. to conduct cyber warfare in other countries’ domains whose networks happened to be used by ISIS. According to a former official quoted in The Washington Post, the operations included denying ISIS propaganda experts access to their online accounts, and remotely erasing battlefield video footage from ISIS servers.  

Even as cyber warfare is being waged against ISIS on a daily basis, Army Cyber Command is still seeking ways to greater integrate cyber operations with ground combat operations.

“We are doing work on integration, particularly with electronic warfare, cyber, information warfare in the crucible of our combat training center, explained Lt. Gen. Nakasone. It’s “the idea of being able to bring those capabilities together to see if a commander can utilize them.”

Despite the attention being dedicated to the cyber fight against ISIS, Lt. Gen. Nakasone was clear that Army cyber teams are doing their best to support ground commanders everywhere.

“There is a finite availability of any resource,” Lt. Gen. Nakasone admitted. However, “as we look to the future we are going to provide support to a variety of commanders and we are going to do that to the best of our ability,” he said.

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Katherine Owens is a freelance reporter for Defense Systems

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