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James Stavridis Says Cyber A Societal, Security Challenge

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Cyber threats have emerged as a major concern since preparation for impending attacks is not at pace with society’s dependence on cyberspace, Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis told American Forces Press Service.

He serves as head of U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

Stavridis said many networks are vulnerable to malicious intrusions which elevates the problem not only as a security challenge but as a societal one as well.

Emerging threats have sparked security initiatives like NATO’s new Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence based in Tallinn, Estonia.

That center focuses on forming partnerships with allied countries to strengthen their cyber defense, according to AFPS.

NATO has also deployed a computer incident response center at its headquarters’ operations center.

On the U.S. front, the departments of Defense and Homeland Security run a cyber threat information sharing program that could open communication with as many of 8,000 companies.

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