Securing the cyber domain commands as much attention as it does effort and dollars—and yet, in spite of years of work to fortify enterprises, it is the fast-paced ecosystem known as the Internet of Things that gravely threatens the security of
the world’s greatest military. With mere clicks on a computer, hackers have the knowledge and power to wreak
havoc in the defense arena, with experts warning that
it is just a matter of time before threats
become realities, particularly in three
distinctly vulnerable areas of vehicle
safety, healthcare and supply chains.
Already, security experts have shown it can be done.
During the past several years, viral videos showed white
hat hackers hijacking car technology, as was the case last
summer when they used a laptop to remotely access a
Jeep’s onboard smart technology and disable critical functions such as steering and braking. The worrisome hack
highlighted several materializing vulnerabilities presented
by society’s widespread migration to capitalize on the convenience of the Internet of Things, or Io T. The U.S. military
is not immune to the cracks in security, especially because it
strives to match progress already made in the private sector,
particularly with the adoption of software-defined networks
News of the ethical hackers’ ability to remotely connect to and commandeer vehicles through the onboard
Despite looming threats,
offer a glimmer of assurance.
entertainment systems, and follow-on reports that Wi-Fi
networks available to passengers on commercial airlines
could make some planes vulnerable to hacking, are at
least two examples that highlight a prominent question
circulating inside the defense industry: Are Humvees
and fighter jets next?
As if the thought of compromised troop convoys and
bombing sorties were not worrisome enough, attackers
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