Significant Cyber-Security Vulnerabilities in the Army’s Mobile Network

The United States Army has a a mobile internet network that is vulnerable to hackers. How could this happen? Well, anything that hits a network is vulnerable. Maybe the Army should have hired Apple to provide cyber security. They had the FBI and NSA stymied for quite a while. It would seem to be more cost effective to incorporate security checks into the process before implementation. Instead, the Army will now be involved in a retrofit program.


As Written and Reported By Newsmax:

Hacking Risks Found in US Army’s $12 Billion Mobile Network.

A $12 billion mobile Internet network that the U.S. Army is using in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Africa has significant cyber-security vulnerabilities that were found in combat testing.

After a review ordered by the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer, the Army and contractor General Dynamics Corp. are working to improve the systems already in the field and to embed updates into networks that will be deployed through 2028, according to the service.
The assessment conducted by Johns Hopkins University and the Army Research Laboratory “recommended both improvements to user training techniques and procedures and hardware and software enhancements to harden against the cyber-threat,” Army spokesman Paul Mehney said in an e-mail. Citing security concerns, he said he couldn’t comment on “specific improvements to operational units.”

The WIN-T Increment 2 network made by General Dynamics is designed for secure on-the-move voice, data and image transmissions from brigade commanders down to company-level vehicles tearing through terrain. It’s already deployed to 11 of the Army’s 32 combat brigades. Frank Kendall, the Defense Department’s acquisitions chief, approved full production in June.


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