Acting as if this is something new, Reuters reports the Secretary of the Navy is paying attention to cyber threats:
The U.S. Navy is working hard to improve the cyber security of its computer networks and weapon and communications systems, while bracing for potential attacks on power grids and fuel supplies, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Wednesday.
Mabus said cyber warfare was a clear threat given Russia’s use of cyber attacks before its physical invasions of Crimea and Georgia.
“We’ve got to pay a whole lot of attention to this,” Mabus said at an event sponsored by Defense One media group. “Cyber is in everything now. It’s not just weapons systems. It’s in every system because we are so networked.”
Mabus confirmed recent media reports that the Navy was looking at replacing IBM servers used for its Aegis combat system after International Business Machines Corp’s $2.1 billion sale of its server division to China’s Lenovo Group Ltd last year.
“If there’s a danger or potential danger with a platform, you’ve got to take a look at that,” he said.
The Secretary of the Navy should not even have to mention something as obvious as the need to pay strict attention to cyber threats. This should be day-to-day standard operating procedure for the entire military, not something that just dawned upon them last night while drinking at the local bar with their buddies.
What is important here is the Secretary of the Navy – and most of the top leadership in the Navy – has visibility on cyber security and understands the consequences poor practices will have on the service. It has taken years to get to this point, but military senior leaders are finally realizing what DoD cyber security professionals have been telling them for years: take cyber security seriously or else.