More than 303,000 cyber security-related complaints were recorded by the U.S. Department of Justicein 2010, more than 17 times the number a decade earlier, posing a growing threat to the nation’s economic and military security.
On Thursday more than 100 business people, government officials and students gathered at Hagerstown Community College for the 2012 Cyber Security Regional Conference co-hosted by U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett to discuss what can be done to prevent and defend against cyber attacks.
“From your private e-mail to our corporate secrets to our national security, cyber (security) is becoming an increasing concern,” Bartlett, R.Md., said after the conference. “We’re beginning to learn that our greatest strength is becoming our greatest vulnerability.”
Cyberspace “is the newest domain of the Department of Defense,” said Air Force Brig. Gen. Linda R. Medler, the director of Capability and Resource Integration for the U.S. Cyber Command.
The military is working to improve security by several means, including developing cyber command and control strategy and policies; creating more defensible military and civilian technology infrastructure; and building and training cyber teams, Medler said.