Report Says Pentagon Must Bolster Cyber Staff

By LOLITA C. BALDOR | June 20, 2011 | 4:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new government report says America's enemies recognize that cyberattacks are a low-cost way to counter U.S. military might. It says the Pentagon must clarify the duties and command structure of its cyber workforce.

The Government Accountability Office report says the Pentagon has made progress setting up its new U.S. Cyber Command, but must set deadlines to lay out more detailed guidelines on how its cyber workforce fits together.

GAO's report released Monday says the threat to Pentagon computer networks is substantial and there is a potential for sabotage and destruction.

Defense officials have acknowledged that the department's networks get attacked or probed millions of times a day. Government agencies are struggling to beef up their defense of federal computer systems from hackers, criminals and enemies, including other nations.