The Washington Times on June 27, 2013, reported that the top U.S. military officer urged private businesses and lawmakers to do more to protect the nation from cyber threats, saying “intrusions” into critical networks have increased 17-fold in the last two years. Excerpts below:
“The computer control systems that operate our chemical, electrical, water and transport sectors have all been probed. Several intruders have successfully gained system access,” Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at the Brookings Institution.
More than 20 nations have military units dedicated to employing cyber warfare, he said.
In response, the U.S. military is increasing its cyber capabilities by adding 4,000 cyber operators to its ranks over the next four years and investing $23 billion in cyber security.
The general also appealed to private industry to share information with the government about cyberattacks they experience.
“Right now, threat information primarily runs in one direction — from the government to operators of critical infrastructure. Very little information flows back to the government. This must change. We can’t stop an attack we can’t see,” he said.
“The reality is that every day adversaries are injecting malware [malicious software] into our networks. “