The US Navy has announced a new five-year cyber security plan, promising to shore up defences and increase in-house skills at Fleet Cyber Command.
The updated strategic plan was announced at the Pentagon this week by vice admiral Jan Tighe, commander of Fleet Cyber Command.
Tighe explained that the Navy will employ new tactics and techniques as it faces up to increasingly capable adversaries and damaging threats.
"A lot of work had been done since our inception in 2010 and the world has got a lot more dangerous. The cyber space domain is changing on a daily basis," she said.
"First and foremost [the plan is] a way to organise our mission and begin to measure if we're making sufficient progress in each of our goal areas."
The five goals will see the Navy turn its cyber network into a "warfighting platform" with intelligence and remediation capabilities, as well as encourage the sharing of information and threats and improve the five-year-old Cyber Mission Force.
The Fleet Cyber Command Strategic Plan 2015-2020 (PDF) explained that the Navy uses a largely civilian workforce to manage its technology as a result of an internal ability to keep up with threats.
"[The] Navy's present ability to keep cyber professionals' skills current will not address these exponential advances," the report said.
"Because our success is reliant on deep knowledge of rapidly evolving technology, we must lean heavily on our civilian workforce due to their depth of expertise and continuity over time."
The US Navy is targeted frequently by attackers. HP revealed in 2012 that it was having to protect the US Navy's internal systems from 110,000 cyber attacks every hour.
The US seems to have its surveillance and investigative systems in good order, but the country is trying to improve its security provision.
The Navy announcement follows a push for security from the White House and an underlining of the real threat of US sanctions against those that attack the US and its interests.
"We need to deter malicious cyber activity and to impose costs in response to the most significant cyber intrusions and attacks, especially when those responsible try to hide behind international boundaries," said Lisa Monaco, US homeland security advisor to president Obama.
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