Who is Responsible for Defending United States Interests in Cyberspace?
Strategy research project
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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As a nation, the United States of America created the Internet, embraced it, and opened up the potential to link people around the globe, crossing international and cultural boundaries. Americans leveraged the new capability to such a great extent that it has been woven into the fabric of our society, which also provides an avenue for our adversaries to exploit. With such grave concern over potential attacks within the complex cyber environment, which department is responsible to protect United States interests Presidential Directives have designated the Department of Homeland Security as a government lead while the Department of Defense also has a key role in cyber. In reviewing authorities of each organization and within the context of other contributors to the protection of U.S. interests there is minimal overlap between the two organizations. Current laws limit the potential defense while also not clearly designating roles and responsibilities, while the threat continues to increase.