The Pentagon has released the US government’s cyber defence strategy which treats cyber space in a manner similar to land, air and sea.
According to BBC (opens in new tab), the Deputy Defence Secretary William Lynn admitted that an attack in March and other similar cyber attacks have managed to steal sensitive information.
Speaking during a conference at the National Defense University in Washington Lynn informed that in March, hackers had managed to steal 24,000 sensitive files from a defence contractor. He also said that cyber attacks had also resulted in a loss of data pertaining to missile tracking systems, jet fighters, drones and satellite systems.
Under the new cyber defence plan, the cyber space will act as a fifth war fighting area, after land, air, sea and space.
The plans will enable the US to make its networks more secure to cyber attacks from both outside and inside and equip the US military to equip with cyber warfare to respond to threats on time.
“The cyberthreats we face are urgent, sometimes uncertain and potentially devastating as adversaries constantly search for vulnerabilities,” Lynn said in a statement.
"Our infrastructure, logistics network and business systems are heavily computerized. With 15,000 networks and more than seven million computing devices, the [Defense Department] continues to be a target in cyberspace for malicious activity.”