Security experts: America's cyber warfare and trusted computing are woefully unprepared for cyber warfare

Whether a hack of a Pentagon contractor or misinformation on social media, adversaries often are successful in the trusted computing battleground.

Cyberattacks Military 16 July 2019

WASHINGTON – Global cyber warfare is fully on, and the United States is losing it, according to about two dozen national security experts. Security Infowatch reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

16 July 2019 -- The U.S. military increasingly is adept at mounting cyberattacks in places like Russia and Iran, but America’s computers are almost completely defenseless. Without strong protections, offensive attacks can be invitations for disaster instead of deterrents.

“I believe we are in a declared cyberwar,” says Michael Bayer, a longtime Pentagon adviser who led a recent review of Navy cybersecurity. “It is aimed at the whole of society and the state. I believe we are losing that war.”

Whether the attack is a hack of a Pentagon contractor or misinformation spread on social media, U.S. adversaries are increasingly successful in this ethereal trusted computing battleground. U.S. leaders are only slowly realizing how much the rules have changed, and the required focus, leadership and strategic thinking remain woefully wanting, critics charge.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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