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CYBERCOM Chief Says US Will Maintain Cyberspace Supremacy

Gen. Paul Nakasone,


US Cyber Command

CYBERCOM Chief Says US Will Maintain Cyberspace Supremacy

U.S. Army Gen. Paul Nakasone, the head of the U.S. Cyber Command, has assured lawmakers that the United States will sustain its cyber advantage against China because of its “very good” capabilities and skilled personnel.

Testifying before the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party, he explained that CYBERCOM and National Security Agency operators are countering the near-peer adversary’s cyberthreats with the full range of U.S. authorities and capabilities, the DOD said.

Nakasone, a past Wash100 winner, said promoting the United States’ offensive cyber power deters Chinese cyber aggression. The U.S. communicates its capabilities through exercises and real-world applications alongside allies.

Nakasone said such capabilities are needed to maintain vigilance against persistent Chinese cyberthreats. According to the CYBERCOM commander, the adversary is supporting hackers who are using malware to endanger critical infrastructure such as water and power systems.

China’s cyber activities are meant to provide it with options during conflict, Nakasone said.

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Category: Cybersecurity