Nathaniel Fick: Encourage Innovation to Secure Military Systems From Cyberwarfare

Nathaniel FickNathaniel Fick, chief executive of software and security solutions company Endgame, agrees with U.S. military officials and other cyber industry leaders that with the continued use of ever-evolving information and communications technology comes the threat of cyberwarfare, the Army News Service reported Monday.

Fick and colleagues highlighted this vulnerability during a panel discussion at the recent Association of the United States Army Institute of Land Warfare forum on “The Future of Cyber in Support of Strategic Landpower,” writes Libby Howe.

“Every vehicle, every ship, every drone, every aircraft and, increasingly, every soldier and Marine is a walking (target) covered with radios, covered with cameras (and) interactive maps,” Fick was quoted as saying.

Army officials who also spoke at the event added that the issue may be because the communications systems were put in place before cyberthreats were fully understood.

Howe reports the panel members pushed for advanced STEM training to develop “cyber natives” who will combat cyberwarfare, with Fick recommending that these individuals be provided with all the needed resources to encourage research and innovation in cyberdefense technologies.

“Innovation tends not to happen on a timeline,” Fick told the audience.

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