The times are changing and what better way to illustrate this than by telling you how many cyber attacks the Navy sees every hour? The number, by the way, is 110,000, at least according to HP. HP should know, too, as they run the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) and protect it from intruders.
The HP's Discover event in Frankfurt, Mike Nefkens, head of enterprise services at HP, told V3, "For the US Navy we provide the network for 800,000 men and woman in 2,000 locations around the world, protecting them against 110,000 cyber attacks every hour. This means the attacks average out at about 1,833 per minute or 30 every second."
Wow. Let me grab a calculator. 24 * 365 * 110,000 = 963,600,000. That works out to 963 million attacks every year. That's an incredible number and really illustrates that our nation needs to secure its IT infrastructure more than anything else.
Good news, at least. 2 Months ago, the FBI decided to work 24/7 investigating hackers and network attacks, but even that might not be enough if the Navy alone is seeing that many attacks. Add in the other three branches of the armed forces, and then add to that all of the other governmental services and you start to see the real nature of the problem.