Defense Secretary James Mattis announced last month that his department would be standing up a new task force to make recommendations about securing the defense industrial base from cyber attack. This comes after a Chinese company was charged with attempting to steal trade secrets from a leading U.S. chip manufacturer.
While critics might scoff at the notion of social media as a vital national security issue, LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media, is chock full of sobering reminders that what happens online doesn’t always stay there.
Over the last six months, the government has released a series of strategic documents and executive orders that have led some to conclude that the gloves are off when it comes to deploying offensive cyber capabilities.
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Sometime between May and July, 143 million Americans had their personal financial information exposed when Equifax — one of the nation’s top credit reporting agencies — experienced an online security breach. Experts now warn the hack, which became public on Sept. 7, could disproportionately impact active-duty service members who are especially vulnerable to identity theft.
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Between military readiness, ongoing problems with the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the growing threats to national security, President-elect Donald Trump will have to address a number of issues impacting the military and veterans upon taking the oath of office. He has already promised to end the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration, improve the United States’ cyber security capabilities, and fix wait times for veterans seeking care at the VA. However, we wanted to know what the people who make up the military and veterans communities see as the most important issues the next president will need to address. We posed this question before the election and now present 30 responses in no particular order. Here’s what they said.