Pentagon’s new Cyber Security Tool: Cyber Scorecard

As reported by Reuters, Pentagon is building a huge electronic system for the purpose of providing intel about vulnerabilities in computer networks, installations, and weapons systems of the military. It is a step to help officials devise better strategies to fix them and comes in the wake of continued cyber-attacks from China and Russia. 

Cyber-attacks have become increasingly frequent in the age of computers and the Internet. When used to manipulate and tweak the weapons systems of other countries, they can prove to be devastating as they can lead to severe loss of life and property.

Keeping this ever-present threat in mind, the Pentagon is building a cyber ‘scorecard’ to help officials of the military know more about the vulnerabilities in their weapons systems and computer networks so that they are better equipped to detect and deal with cyber-attacks.

The need for establishing such a system was felt when the Pentagon’s director of testing and evaluation, Michael Gilmore, released a critical report earlier this year that discussed the cyber threats that the U.S Defence Department faced, as well as an account of how Russia and China are growing more persistent with their cyber-attacks. The report went on to say that almost all of the major U.S weapons systems were vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

The aim of this effort is to create a fully automated system that would enhance immediate detection and response to cyber-attacks by the defence officials, but initially the entries to the system need to be made manually.

General Kevin McLaughlin spoke at the annual Billington Cybersecurity Summit about how the Cyber Command has already set up 133 response teams for the purpose and that they would reach the stage of initial operation by the end of 2016. He went on to say that initially the scorecard would concentrate on the major threats like weapons systems fielded before cyber-attacks were known or newer systems that are vulnerable to such attacks.

He said:

There’s probably not enough money in the world to fix all those things, but the question is what’s most important, where should we put our resources as we eat the elephant one bite at a time.

General McLaughlin also said that military officials are now much better aware and prepared to deal with the issue of cyber-threats than they used to be in the past, which shows that the officials recognize and fully understand the gravity of the situation.

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