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Gen. Martin Dempsey: US Still Lacking in Cyber-Risk Safeguards

Gen. Martin Dempsey
Gen. Martin Dempsey

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, thinks U.S. government, military and private organizations have not done enough to prevent cyber attacks, DoD News reported Wednesday.

Lisa Ferdinando writes Dempsey said he is worried enemies will exploit security weaknesses in critical infrastructure run by civilian operators.

“In cyber, we have competitors, and we have competitors who maybe aren’t as constrained by legal systems and freedoms as we are,” he told the publication.

“The vulnerability of the rest of America is a vulnerability of ours, and that’s what we have to reconcile.”

He observed that cyber disruptions have become a part of conflict between countries, states and nonstate actors, according to the report.

Dempsey also believes that Congress should pass cybersecurity legislation that would encourage public and private sectors to exchange threat information without infringing on civil liberties.

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