Navy's newest warship has cyber-vulnerabilities

Cybersecurity has become a major priority for Navy, which relies heavily of communications for weapons systems

By Natasha Lennard

Published April 24, 2013 2:48PM (EDT)

 USS Freedom (Wikimedia/U.S. Navy)
USS Freedom (Wikimedia/U.S. Navy)

Cybersecurity tests on the USS Freedom -- the Navy's newest warship -- found vulnerabilities in the vessel's computer systems. The warship has nonetheless been deployed to Singapore for eight months, reported Reuters, after the severity of the cyber-vulnerabilities was deemed minimal.  As Bloomberg noted, "The concern about cybersecurity adds to previous questions about the $37 billion program to build ships intended to perform missions in littoral waters, those close to shore. The estimated price to build each vessel has doubled to $440 million, and its ability to survive to fight after an attack has been questioned." Via Reuters:

Cybersecurity is a major priority for the Navy, which relies heavily on communications and satellite networks for its weapons systems and situational awareness.

Defense Department spokeswoman Jennifer Elzea said the Pentagon's chief weapons test agency addressed "information assurance vulnerabilities" for the Littoral Combat Ship in an assessment provided to the Navy.

"The details of that assessment are classified," Elzea said.

Lockheed spokesman Keith Little said the company was working with the Navy to ensure that USS Freedom's networks were secure during the deployment.

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