Serious gaps in military software that make America vulnerable to an enemy who launches a cyber attack are causing Congress to consider a $200 million, three-year effort to close those gaps.
Both House and Senate versions of the allocation under the $612 billion 2016 defense authorization bill are expected to be completed by the end of summer.
But the Senate, fearing military slowness in implementing necessary fixes to the nation’s computerized defense, is also considering an additional $75 million to jump start U.S. Cyber Command efforts to upgrade software systems, The Washington Free Beacon reports.
The House Armed Services Committee said in a report that it “is concerned that progress on the identification and remediation of cyber vulnerabilities on vital legacy platforms may be lagging.
“Moreover, the committee is concerned that without the direction and funding to immediately address these vulnerabilities, program leaders will continue to focus limited resources on other platform needs,” the Free Beacon reported.
Those concerns are based on a 2013 report from the Defense Science Board, “Resilient Military Systems and the Advanced Cyber Threat,” which found that the military’s cyber-protection systems are lagging, and added that the Department of Defense (DOD) “is not prepared to defend against this threat.”
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