Weapons Testers Warn of Cyber Vulnerabilities

Weapons Testers Warn of Cyber Vulnerabilities

Director of Operational Test and Evaluation Michael Gilmore is set this week to release his annual assessment of the military’s weapons programs — a report that often shapes the discussion on Capitol Hill of how major programs are performing. And Morning D got an early copy of the assessment, which, like last year, warns that many weapons are vulnerable to hacking.The report says there have been many improvements since last year on the cyber front, including “enhanced protection of network elements, greater challenges for cyber opposing forces attempting to access networks, and growing awareness by DoD leadership that cyber-attacks can degrade key systems and critical missions.” But, the report says, in cyber tests conducted over the past year “opposing forces frequently attained a position to deliver cyber effects that could degrade operational missions, often significantly.”

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