United States Cyber Command is designing a system to stay ahead of hackers but apparently they are currently incapable of acquiring technology to automate this functionality:
U.S. Cyber Command is building a massive, electronic system to provide an overview of the vulnerabilities of the military’s computer networks, weapons system and installations and help officials prioritize how to fix them, its deputy commander said on Thursday.
Lieutenant General Kevin McLaughlin told Reuters officials should reach agreement on the framework within months, turning the system into an automated “scorecard” in coming years.
McLaughlin said the effort grew out of a disturbing report released earlier this year by the Pentagon’s chief weapons tester, Michael Gilmore. The report warned that nearly every major U.S. weapons system was vulnerable to cyber attacks, and an escalating number of attacks on U.S. computer networks by Russia and China.
Cyber Command staff would do the initial data entry by hand, but the goal was to create a fully automated system that would help defense officials instantaneously detect and respond to any attacks, McLaughlin said after a speech at the annual Billington Cybersecurity Summit.
Here we are in 2015 and US Cyber Command is developing a program designed to perform initial data entry manually. Seriously?