Review says inattention to cyber risks an ‘existential threat’ to military

Five years after the Navy established a task force to “awaken” itself to the dangers cyber attacks pose to its systems and operations, it remains dangerously unprepared to counter those threats, according to the results of a comprehensive review the secretary of the Navy commissioned last October.

The stinging, 80 page assessment concluded the Department of the Navy’s failure to properly secure its IT systems represents an “existential threat” to the survival of the Navy and Marine Corps, and that few of its leaders understand the magnitude of the challenge.

“A real appreciation of the cyber threat continues to be absent from the fabric of DON culture. Senior leaders occasionally articulate the importance of cybersecurity, but do not fully understand how to convert their words into action, and to making it real,” the authors wrote in the document, titled the Secretary of the Navy Cybersecurity Readiness Review. “The

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