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U.S. military networks not prepared for cyber threats, report warns

Jaikumar Vijayan | March 7, 2013
Consequences of a full-scale cyber conflict could be major, Defense Science Board warns in unusually grim report.

"Typically, the disruption is so great, that the exercise must be essentially reset without the cyber intrusion to allow enough operational capability to proceed," the report said. The demonstrations showed that many DoD systems are likely going to be unable t owithstand even a "modestly aggressive cyberattack."

The report offers several recommendations on what the government and the military need to do to address the problems. Among them is the need for a strong deterrent capability in cyberspace, the development of a strong incident response capability based on a thorough understanding of an adversary's cyber capabilities, and the need for robust cyber offensive capabilities.


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