The U.S. Navy is working hard to improve the cyber security of its computer networks and weapon and communications systems, while bracing for potential attacks on power grids and fuel supplies, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Wednesday.
Mabus said cyber warfare was a clear threat given Russia’s use of cyber attacks before its physical invasions of Crimea and Georgia.
“We’ve got to pay a whole lot of attention to this,” Mabus said at an event sponsored by Defense One media group. “Cyber is in everything now. It’s not just weapons systems. It’s in every system because we are so networked.”
Mabus confirmed recent media reports that the Navy was looking at replacing IBM servers used for its Aegis combat system after International Business Machines Corp’s $2.1 billion sale of its server division to China’s Lenovo Group Ltd last year.