U.S. Navy Launches ‘Task Force Cyber Awakening’ to Protect Us From the Internet of Things

Cybersecurity is one thing, but US Navy’s “Information Dominance Corp” and “Task Force Cyber Awakening” – good grief – hopefully there’s no associated special uniforms.

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In our excitement over the prospect that our refrigerators will soon be able to order milk for us as soon as they know we’ve run out, we often forget about the darker side of the Internet of Things. Embedded systems promise convenience, but they can be hacked like any other computer, and though it sounds bad if someone can hack into and control our home appliances, consider that the Internet of Things also extends to our guided missiles and military command tech.

In response to possible cyber threats, the U.S. Navy has launched Task Force Cyber Awakening (TFCA), a team that will perform a sweeping audit of the Navy and determine how they can protect themselves from future cyber attacks.

“Recent real world events and attacks on our Navy systems make clear that the cyber threat is increasing,” The Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance, an agency that needs…

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