The Trump administration is expected to unveil a cybersecurity plan this month that could see the military step up its involvement in cyberwar.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday that the administration is looking at the National Security Strategy document to determine how to prepare the country for cyberattacks, The Hill reported.
“The idea of the cyber strategy is to give the secretary the ability to deploy the resources necessary to make sure that we’re prepared for the inevitable cyber attacks,” Spicer said.
“That’s what the administration’s working on.”
Spicer said he did not have a specific date for the plan.
Trump has repeatedly warned that the U.S. could face cyberattacks by North Korea and Russia, which both have nuclear capabilities.
The White House has pushed back on that assessment, saying that it is premature to declare a cyber war, according to The Hill.
The plan will not require the Pentagon to go into the business of deploying hardware, Spicer said, but instead will focus on the ability of the Pentagon and the private sector to respond.
The goal is to be able to do things like secure networks and provide cybersecurity to the private sectors.
Spicer added that it would be up to the U:S.
military to decide how it would respond to an attack, and he added that the military will not have the authority to order any military action in response to an impending cyber attack.
Spokesman Spicer said the goal of the strategy is not to create a single military operation, but rather to have different military forces respond in different ways.
The National Security Council will provide the blueprint for the administration.
The plan will include details on how the U.:S.
will prepare for potential attacks and how it will provide assistance to the civilian sector in responding to attacks, Spicer added.