Congressman Eyes Simulation

U.S. Congressman J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) has offered a defense policy bill amendment to require that the Secretary of Defense conduct a study assessing the potential use of modeling and simulation to strengthen cybersecurity within the Department of Defense.

“The United States is more dependent on our computer systems than any other country, especially as it relates to our military readiness and training and our national security operations,” says Forbes. “Yet, our cyberdefenses are weak, leaving us vulnerable to threats emanating around the world. Not only do we need a whole-of-government and state-of-the art strategic cyberdefense plan to protect our national systems, but we should take full advantage of state-of-the-art tools available through modeling and simulation to create a cybersecurity system within the Department of Defense that is unrivaled.”

In 2007, the Office of the Secretary of Defense was compelled to shut down its computer information systems for more than a week in order to defend against infiltration attempts that were found to be coming from China. Those 2007 attacks resulted in the loss of 10 terabytes of information — an amount comparable to the contents of the entire Library of Congress, according to U.S. intelligence officials in a report by National Public Radio.

Specifically, Forbes’ amendment requires a report to Congress no later than January 1, 2012, on the use of modeling and simulation, including application recommendations, to strengthen cybersecurity within the Department of Defense.

The amendment was adopted by voice vote.

U.S. Congressman J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) has offered a defense policy bill amendment to require that the Secretary of Defense conduct a study assessing the potential use of modeling and simulation to strengthen cybersecurity within the Department of Defense.

“The United States is more dependent on our computer systems than any other country, especially as it relates to our military readiness and training and our national security operations,” says Forbes. “Yet, our cyberdefenses are weak, leaving us vulnerable to threats emanating around the world. Not only do we need a whole-of-government and state-of-the art strategic cyberdefense plan to protect our national systems, but we should take full advantage of state-of-the-art tools available through modeling and simulation to create a cybersecurity system within the Department of Defense that is unrivaled.”

In 2007, the Office of the Secretary of Defense was compelled to shut down its computer information systems for more than a week in order to defend against infiltration attempts that were found to be coming from China. Those 2007 attacks resulted in the loss of 10 terabytes of information — an amount comparable to the contents of the entire Library of Congress, according to U.S. intelligence officials in a report by National Public Radio.

Specifically, Forbes’ amendment requires a report to Congress no later than January 1, 2012, on the use of modeling and simulation, including application recommendations, to strengthen cybersecurity within the Department of Defense.

The amendment was adopted by voice vote.

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