The Pentagon has recently announced that it will dramatically increase its cyber-security staff to combat the rapid influx in cyber attacks against government agencies and critical infrastructure. Cyber Command, which started just 3 years ago, now has 900 military and civilian staff members. That number will increase fivefold, up to 4,900 staff members.
The BBC reports that three different types of forces will be created under the growth plan. These include the protection of the defense department’s internal systems, the protection of computer systems that involve electrical grids and other critical infrastructure, and offensive operations overseas.
The decision comes after Leon Panetta, US Defense Secretary, warned that a cyber attack on the United States could inflict as much damage as 9/11 did. He also explained that smaller scale cyber-attacks were now commonplace.