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ET.CNN: The US is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to cyberattacks, a new study reveals.
A new study published by the National Security Council found that the US ranks No. 2 to number one in cybersecurity vulnerabilities for all countries, ahead of China.
The study said the US is a country in the top three for a variety of reasons, including high unemployment, high inequality and a strong reliance on defense spending.
The study, titled “Cybersecurity Threats to US Foreign Policy: Lessons from the National Vulnerability Database,” was compiled by the Council’s Center for National Critical Infrastructure Protection and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
It is the first to include the vulnerabilities of the US government and includes the nation’s civilian and military agencies.
“The threat posed by hackers and cyber-attackers is increasing in scope, sophistication, and scope of attack, with attacks targeting U.S. government agencies, military installations, critical infrastructure, and critical infrastructures,” the study said.
It also found that cybersecurity vulnerabilities are a major cause of terrorism and that US intelligence agencies are unable to protect against cyberattacks because they lack adequate resources.
The report also found a high rate of cyberattacks in the US, with a third of all attacks occurring within the last five years.
“Cyberattacks pose a significant risk to U. S. foreign policy and national security,” the report said.
“While there are no definitive indicators of the threat posed to U,S.
security and the public’s well-being, the findings from the NSC’s National Vulnerabilities Database reveal that the U.s. remains one of only two countries to rank among the top ten nations with the highest cybersecurity vulnerabilities.”
The report noted that cyberattacks on the US military, critical military facilities, critical civilian infrastructure, critical economic infrastructure, military bases, and other critical infrastructure in the country have the potential to cause widespread damage to U-S-military operations.
It said that the threat to the US from cyberattacks is “particularly acute” in the cyber-threat environment where the US has invested significant resources in developing a large number of defense systems, including a $60 billion cyber-warfare initiative that began in 2010.
“We cannot afford to be complacent about the threat,” the NDC report said, “as our nation is also vulnerable to other cyber-attacks, including the spread of viruses, malicious code, and cybercriminals.”
Our military and our national defense are at risk because our adversaries do not understand the sophistication of the cyberthreat, how to exploit the vulnerabilities, and how to prevent and respond to the threats.
“The study said it is critical for the federal government and private industry to focus on cybersecurity and the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) to strengthen cybersecurity capabilities and to establish effective and coordinated efforts to prevent cyberattacks.”NCCic must develop and implement a comprehensive cyber strategy and ensure the agency’s cyber resources are used effectively,” the statement said.
The NCCIC is an independent entity within the Defense Department that manages a $10.5 billion cyber infrastructure that includes critical infrastructure and cyber threat intelligence, according to the report.