U.S. Cybersecurity Status Weak, Reports Charge
DOD report says the military is "not prepared" for cyberwar, while a White House report says agencies fall short of federal cybersecurity goals
The Department of Defense is "not prepared" to defend against sophisticated international cyber attacks, and government-wide, agencies have failed to meet some White House cybersecurity targets, according to two new reports.
While the reports differ in tone and structure -- one report demands urgent action by the military and the other is a straightforward compliance report -- together they underscore the hard work the government still has ahead of it as it continues to face an onslaught of increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks.
The report on the military, a study by the Defense Science Board (a civilian committee providing solicited scientific and technical advice to DOD leadership), finds that the Department of Defense is woefully unprepared to fight in cyberspace due to "inherently insecure architectures," fragmented efforts, "inadequate" intelligence and the sheer limits of today's technology....