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Navy CIO Robert Carey: Cybersecurity is "Most Serious Economic and Security Challenge of the 21st Century"

Robert Carey, Navy Chief Information Officer, was quoted yesterday at Virtual FOSE’s keynote presentation calling cyber threats “the most serious economic and security challenge of the 21st century.“

“We are being exploited at unprecedented scale by a growing array of state and non-state actors,“ Carey added.“The U.S. must take action, protecting the critical infrastructure upon which our economy and security is based, from potential exploitation, disruption or destruction…We need to transition from the old, insufficient security posture“¦to a “˜new norm.'“

Globalization will be an important factor in desinging a new cybersecurity model, Carey said that it “has forced us to look at the information technology supply chain very differently,” and that the inability to track the supply chain of data through international pathways and the development of hardware overseas “presents a major conundrum.“

Carey added that more research is needed to develop a comprehensive model, “With more understanding, we can better determine where to put our scarce resources to get the most bang for the buck,“ an important concern with the federal defecit climbing to $1.27 trillion this year alone.

On the subject of social networking, “it doesn't adhere to the current [Defense Department (DOD)] paradigm of security,” in line with the Marines’ decision to ban Twitter, MySpace, and other social networking sites from military servers.

As nearly ever one of the thousands of DoD military and civilian employees use computers every day, the human element is just as important in the fight to secure cyberspace, as employees “have to understand that if they do something wrong, it can become a major vulnerability.”

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