CACI International Inc and the U. S. Naval Institute yesterday released Cyber Threats to National Security: Countering Challenges to the Global Supply Chain, a report providing recommendations from the most recent symposium in the new Asymmetric Threats series on cybersecurity.
Held earlier this year at Ft. Myer, Va., the Cyber Threats symposium featured keynote speakers former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, former Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon R. England, and former Virginia Gov. James S. Gilmore, III. Other participants included leaders and key decision-makers from the public and private sectors.
Cybersecurity has increasingly become a national security priority over the past decade, the report notes. Cyber threats can be carried out with little cost and few resources. Cyber attacks are often anonymous, and impacts can be immediate and obvious, or go unnoticed for years.
U.S. supply chains have historically been protected from threat because they were generally internal to North America, something that is no longer the case in the digital era. The majority of U.S. supply chains rely on information technologies that can be compromised at any time. The responsibility to safeguard U.S. cyber assets must be shared among the government, the private sector, and the American public.
“As U.S. troops engage in armed conflict on the ground, adversaries of all kinds are also moving to the cyber battlefield,” CACI President and CEO Paul Cofoni said. “At CACI, while we continue our support for services and solutions that enable and protect the warfighter, we are also committed to developing the thought leadership and cyber capabilities our nation needs to counter cyber threats from any party that would do us harm.”
CACI Chairman of the Board Dr. J.P. (Jack) London, who delivered welcoming remarks at the symposium, said the report captures the thinking of today’s leaders and experts in national security.
“It recommends strongly that the U.S. aggressively pursue supply chain security as part of a comprehensive cybersecurity policy,” he said. “The participants from the first Cyber Threats symposium, and from all the Asymmetric Threat symposia, are committed to promoting a national dialogue that will help our government respond to and preempt cyber attacks, and deal with all asymmetric threats.”
USNI CEO Maj. Gen. Tom Wilkerson (Ret.) said the recent WikiLeaks controversy should serve as a warning to how vulnerable the nation is to cyber threats.
“When a low-level analyst can easily access thousands of classified documents and instantly make them available to an international audience, it shows that our security is disturbingly inadequate,” he said. “We must be diligent in identifying where and how we are susceptible to all types of cyber attacks and prevent more intrusions.”