Report: Nearly all US weapons systems in 2014 faced security issues

Almost all weapons systems tested by the US military in 2014 faced "significant vulnerabilities" from cyberattacks.

Published Wed, Jan 21 2015 4:08 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:10 PM CST

The US government has increased concerns related to cybersecurity, and a new report compiled by Michael Gilmore, director of operational test and evaluation (DOT&E), likely won't help alleviate concerns. In the published 366-page report, it was discovered that almost all U.S. weapons programs tested during 2014 faced "significant vulnerabilities" related to cyberattacks.

Report: Nearly all US weapons systems in 2014 faced security issues | TweakTown.com

Problems included unpatched and aging software, misconfigured network protocols, and similar issues - opening the door to potential security concerns.

"Cyber adversaries have become as serious a threat to U.S. military forces as the air, land, sea and undersea threats represented in operational testing for decades," according to the report. "The continued development of advanced cyber intrusion techniques makes it likely that determined cyber adversaries can acquire a foothold in most (Department of Defense) networks, and could be in a position to degrade important DOD missions when and if they chose to."

NEWS SOURCES:reuters.com, defense.gov

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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