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Michael Gilmore: DoD’s Testing Org Finds Security Flaws in Military Weapon Systems

Michael Gilmore
Michael Gilmore

Michael Gilmore, operational test and evaluation director at the Defense Department, said his office uncovered cybersecurity vulnerabilities in more than 40 weapons that were tested during fiscal 2014, Reuters reported Tuesday.

Andrea Shalal writes Gilmore released his annual report showing that many U.S. military weapon systems have outdated, misconfigured and unpatched software.

“Cyber adversaries have become as serious a threat to U.S. military forces as the air, land, sea and undersea threats represented in operational testing for decades,” he said in the 366-page report obtained by Reuters.

He also highlighted security problems with the Navy‘s Joint High Speed Vessel and Littoral Combat Ship programs, as well as the Army‘s Warfighter Information Network-Tactical initiative.

Gilmore noted that program managers have worked to address system weaknesses found in previous years, but the FY 2014 tests revealed new flaws, according to Shalal’s article.

He recommended that DoD conduct an adversarial assessment of all weapons after the agency evaluates technology for any potential cybersecurity flaws.

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