Cyberspace is critical to the way the entire U.S. functions. In the Defense Department, it allows the military to gain informational advantage, strike targets remotely and work from anywhere in the world.
But our competitors – including terrorists, criminals, and foreign adversaries such as Russia and China - are also using cyber to try to steal our technology, disrupt our economy and government processes, and threaten critical infrastructure.
That means a thorough strategy is needed to preserve U.S. cyberspace superiority and stop cyberattacks before they hit our networks.
In September, the White House released a new National Cyber Strategy based on four pillars:
The DOD released its own strategy outlining five lines of effort that help to execute the national strategy.