“It is a challenge to have different organizations and different individuals understand [the term] ‘cyber’ in the same way,” the deputy assistant secretary said.

“Even within the Department of Defense and around the world, it’s not clear to a lot of people what [cyber] means,” he said. “From there it only gets more complicated.”

At the Pentagon, where no clear definition has yet been determined, Rosenbach said, cyber tends to mean anything that involves a network.

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