From: Bloomberg Government
A Pentagon advisory panel recommends that the military and other government agencies seek authority to engage in a permanent state of conflict in cyberspace. It also recommends that the military become much more deeply involved in protecting key private-sector networks.
Establishment of closer cyberspace ties between the private sector and the Pentagon would also be a significant departure from past practice. Historically, both the military and the private sector have been wary of the Pentagon’s playing too great a role in private-sector cybersecurity. The Defense Department does not have the resources or legal authority to protect huge civilian networks and assets. For its part, private industry is always wary of greater government involvement in its affairs, fearing costly regulatory burdens and backlash over user privacy.