By Dialogo November 17, 2011 The United States reserves the right to retaliate with military force against a cyber attack and is working to sharpen its ability to track down the source of any breach, the Pentagon said in a report made public on Tuesday, November 15. The 12-page report to Congress, mandated by the 2011 Defense Authorization Act, was one of the clearest statements to date of U.S. cybersecurity policy and the role of the military in the event of a computer-borne attack. “When warranted, we will respond to hostile attacks in cyberspace as we would to any other threat to our country,” the report said. “We reserve the right to use all necessary means – diplomatic, informational, military and economic – to defend our nation, our allies, our partners and our interests.” Hostile acts, it said, could include “significant cyber attacks directed against the U.S. economy, government or military” and the response could use electronic means or more conventional military options. Cyberspace is a particularly challenging domain for the Pentagon. Defense Department employees operate more than 15,000 computer networks with 7 million computers at hundreds of locations around the world. Their networks are probed millions of times a day and penetrations have caused the loss of thousands of files. The report said the Defense Department was attempting to deter aggression in cyberspace by developing effective defenses that prevent adversaries from achieving their objectives and by finding ways to make attackers pay a price for their actions. “Should the ‘deny objectives’ element of deterrence not prove adequate,” the report said, “DoD (Department of Defense) maintains, and is further developing, the ability to respond militarily in cyberspace and in other domains.” Key to a military response is being able to quickly identify the source of an attack, particularly challenging due to the anonymous nature of the Internet, the report said. In an effort to crack that problem, the Pentagon is supporting research focusing on tracing the physical source of an attack and using behavior-based algorithms to assess the likely identity of an attacker, the report said. U.S. security agencies also are grooming a cadre of highly skilled cyber forensics experts and are working with international partners to share information in a timely manner about cyber threats, including malicious code and the people behind it, it said. Before moving to offensive action, the United States would exhaust all other options, weigh the risk of action against the cost of inaction and “act in a way that reflects our values and strengthens our legitimacy, seeking broad international support wherever possible,” the report said.
MIAMI (WSVN) – South Florida politicians express concern over Trump’s immigration orderMembers of South Florida’s congressional delegation and community leaders expressed fears, Tuesday, that President Trump’s new immigration order could affect the legal immigrant community.During a press conference Tuesday, the White House Press Secretary said that Trump’s order is not mass deportation. However, the plan, released earlier that day, appears to be a step up in immigration law enforcement with a focus on illegal immigrants convicted of or charged with a crime.The order includes plans to hire 10,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, enlist the help of local law enforcement and make it easier to deport undocumented children and their families.“If success is measured by how many people you are going to be deporting, yikes,” said U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL).Ros-Lehtinen responded to the news just before an event highlighting the contributions of immigrants in the community.“We started our business in Venezuela,” said one business owner. Another business owner was from Paris and another from Belgium.All the businesses on hand began at Venture Hive, a firm that helps entrepreneurs from all around the world launch their business in Miami.As they touted their global companies, many fear their reach around the world could be in trouble if U.S. immigration policy sends the wrong message.U.S. Representative Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) backed Trump’s move to secure borders but encouraged the White House to work with Congress in doing so.“Of course it means border security, of course it means modernizing our visa system,” Curbelo said. “But it also means making sure that entrepreneurs like these can continue coming to our country so that they can contribute.”Still, Curbelo said, the time for immigration action is now.“We’ve been having this debate in this country for 10 years,” he said. “There’s been no action. The time for action is now.” Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and a senior advisor to the president are slated to speak at a town hall event on immigration in Jacksonville, Tuesday night.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.