The NSA and U.S. Cyber Command have a new, state-of-the-art facility to call home.
Last week, the two military organizations, both under the command of Gen. Paul Nakasone, ceremonially cut the ribbon on the new Integrated Cyber Center at Maryland’s Fort Meade to celebrate its completion.
The facility represents the latest step taken by the federal government to equip U.S. spies and a growing force of “cyberwarriors” with the physical infrastructure necessary to combat foreign threats online, CyberScoop reports.
Hackers linked to Russia, China, North Korea and Iran have each respectively penetrated important U.S. political groups, government agencies, entertainment studios and U.S. energy companies in recent years. These types of breaches have led lawmakers to openly question whether the federal government is doing enough to deter hackers.
“Today we are at the dawn of a new era, facing the reality of wars changing character,” said Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan. “The emergence of cyberspace and outer space has contested war fighting domains … cyberspace is not bound by geography, it is not bound to the physical presence of our adversaries. The next 10 years will look significantly different from the last 10 more than any of us can likely imagine.”
Read more about the new ICC facility on CyberScoop.