Michael Ehrlich, chief technology officer of IronNet, discusses U.S. Cyber Command’s search for their own suite of cyber tools, and how they want to build out defensive capabilities.
U.S. Cyber Command is pursuing a new suite of tools to assist in their security mission. The defense agency will spend $75 million acquiring the tools from the private sector. Michael Ehrlich, chief technology officer of IronNet, says that the procurement will help CYBERCOM achieve the same defensive capabilities the other combatant commands have over their domains. “If there were a missile launched from an adversary at the continental U.S., we would expect the military to know when the missile was launched, from where it was launched, who launched it, what the target was. We would expect for the military to have visibility, radar tracking as the missile is in flight. We would ideally be able to attribute whoever launched it and be able to thwart or stop that attack,” Ehrlich said. “In cyberspace the same set of capabilities is required; I need the ability to identify the attack coming into the U.S., whether it’s an attack against a ship, an airplane, or power generation facility. I need that ability. I need to be able to watch it progress. I need to be able to block it if possible, or disrupt it… the same sorts of capabilities you can imagine for conventional arms are required for cyber command.”