By Caleb Skeath
This past Wednesday, the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities held a hearing on military cybersecurity issues. The hearing focused on the most pressing cyber threats to the nation’s security, as well as the need to grow the military’s cybersecurity workforce while maintaining high levels of skill and training.
Navy Adm. Michael Rogers, Commander of U.S. Cyber Command, described four different types of cyber threats that the U.S. faces:
- Autocratic governments, such as North Korea, that “view today’s open Internet as a lethal threat to their regimes;”
- Theft of intellectual property by states, individuals, and criminal organizations;
- Disruptive activities, such as denial-of-service attacks, malware, and network traffic manipulation; and
- States developing the capabilities and system access for hostile activities in cyberspace, either as a deterrence measure or in preparation for future attacks.