Cyberspace attacks increasing, military security leader says

June 20, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire
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via Dayton Daily News

The rate of cyberspace attacks on U.S. military networks and the means of achieving them are increasing rapidly, making cyber education within American armed forces all the more critical, the director of the National Security Agency said Monday.

Outsiders scan U.S. military networks an average of 250,000 times an hour, or 6 million times each day, Army Gen. Keith B. Alexander said. Manufacturers of computer security equipment have estimated that 55,000 new pieces of malicious software, or malware, are evident each day, he said.

U.S. military personnel responsible for computer networks are trying to adapt by spending more time figuring out who is operating inside those networks, not merely setting up defenses and waiting for cyber attacks, Alexander told a news conference at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

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