With cheap technology and minimal investment, current and poten-tial adversaries operating in cyberspace can inflict serious damage to DOD's vast information grid—a system that encompasses more than 15,000 local, regional, and wide-area networks, and approximately 7 million information technology devices. 1 —Robert Gates, former US Secretary of Defense T he US Government has robust data networks that provide rapid transport of imagery, textual information, command and control data, and routine communications to support military operations and core business needs. This information is vital in the conduct of its war and peacetime missions. Historically, America's adversaries attempt to leverage network vulnerabilities to gain strategic advantage by exploiting information about US military and commercial activities, trade secrets, financial information, system architectures, and other data. The US is arguably the most interconnected nation on earth and it plays a hegemonic role with regard to establishing and maintaining the rules that govern the Internet. Americans embrace digital technologies that promise greater interconnection for governmental, corporate, and personal utility. This article examines current Internet attack trends in the computer networking environment and proposes an enhanced framework for strategic system defense applicable to both corporate and federal networks. Presently, the balance of power favors those adversaries trying to attack US information systems, networks, and critical infrastructure. Well-designed cloud computing environments, however, may change the balance in favor of the defense, while reducing costs and improving service. The enhanced framework addresses these issues and assists in reducing the risks associated with assessing and adopting cloud computing. Computing clouds are large data centers, filled with generic processing and storage facilities, and operated as multiple reconfigurable virtual servers. 2 Colonel Timothy K. Buennemeyer, Ph.D., is a 2011 graduate of the US Army War College and winner of the Daniel M. Lewin Cyber-Terrorism Technology Writing Award. Currently, he is the Military Advisor for Net-Centric, Space, and Missile Defense Systems, working for the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation on the Secretary of Defense staff. He also teaches a graduate-level cybersecurity course for the Masters of Information Technology program at Virginia Tech.