Navy ships now scanned in cybersecurity inspections

In the Navy, conducting a ship inspection isn’t new, but an information assurance division inspecting a 1,100-foot aircraft carrier for cyber threats while at sea is historical, and going forward the service plans to adapt this “stem-to-stern” approach for all 900 command units, reports Federal News Radio.

The Navy scanned the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln carrier in late July to evaluate its cybersecurity score, making it the first ship in the Navy fleet to undergo such a cyber readiness inspection, the article said.

While it performed 11 percent higher than expected, the most challenging task is keeping up-to-date with security/vulnerable patches, because there is not always a constant connection at sea and IP connectivity is over satellite links, Chief Petty Officer Eric Wishard told Federal News Radio.

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