Raytheon’s Thomas Kennedy: Threats Target Nat’l Defense, Infrastructure Amid Increased Connectivity

Thomas Kennedy

Thomas Kennedy, chairman and CEO at Raytheon, has said nation states, cyber criminals and “hacktivists” pose a threat to infrastructure, businesses, individuals and national defense, The Financial News and Daily Record reported Friday.

Kennedy noted at the Davis Leadership Forum at Jacksonville University in Florida that current cybersecurity vulnerabilities exist in more than information technology systems due to the connected nature of industry.

“Everything is connected, and everything that is connected is vulnerable to cyber attacks,” said Kennedy.

“There are nation states out there that are trying to break into company systems, get into our infrastructure and have the ability to do damage to us now and in the future.”

The report noted that the connectivity and constant data exchange have provided hackers multiple entry points to mine and modify data as well as disrupt systems and services.

Kennedy cited Raytheon’s investments, technologies and in-house cyber capability that work to address attacks directed at the company itself.

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