Security and SatNav Experts Agree: GPS Is a Cybersecurity Issue

The new Cybersecurity Solarium Commission should consider addressing GPS vulnerabilities as it develops a strategy to protect the U.S. against attacks on its computer systems and infrastructure, experts agreed.

Inspired by an analysis that guided officials during the Cold War, the U.S. is about to launch a yearlong assessment of its cybersecurity situation with the goal of devising a long-term strategy

Sixty-five years ago Project Solariumrecommended containment as the best game plan for dealing with the Soviet Union. It’s newly approved namesake, the Cybersecurity Solarium Commission, will soon gather top federal officials, members of Congress and subject matter experts to determine how best to protect “the crucial advantages of the United States in cyberspace against the attempts of adversaries to erode such advantages.”

“Eisenhower in the early 1950s recognized that we were well into the nuclear era and yet we didn’t have an offensive strategy or a defensive strategy,” said Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, who authored the Solarium measure. “We didn’t have a long-term human capital strategy. We’re in the same place, actually (a) worse position, in cyber now—26 years into the cyber era and no definable doctrine.”

The question now is how the Cybersecurity Solarium will approach its task and what it might take on. Though the new Solarium was approved as part of the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) it’s mandate is not strictly military. The fact sheet issued by Sasse’s office says the group will work to protect the U.S. political system and innovation base as well as its national security industrial sector. Those sectors depend directly or indirectly on the timing data supplied by the GPS signal. ..Read More..

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