Chilling words from a Pentagon report released yesterday: “The department and the nation have vulnerabilities in cyberspace. Our reliance on cyberspace stands in stark contrast to the inadequacy of our cybersecurity.”
In other words: We’ve created a monster.
“National security is being redefined by cyberspace,” the report says. The Pentagon is ramping up its cyberwar strategy, though, with plans to hire more IT workers, tighten security against cyberattacks on government systems, wind down dependence on overseas servers/personnel and work with tech companies to get data about malicious cyber activities.
“Cyberspace is now an ‘operational domain’ just as land, air, sea and space have been for decades for the military,” writes the DC-based Hillicon Valley, which goes on to observe that “the reaction from Capitol Hill in the immediate wake of the plan’s unveiling was mostly muted. Cybersecurity is not a polarizing political issue in the way some defense issues are, like missile defense.” Sounds like a certain government agency has been slacking on its fearmongering!