The importance of cybersecurity in Military

The military’s primary mission is to provide security to all citizens. The rise in cyber attacks can make this mission more difficult as it’s becoming increasingly onerous to protect themselves, nevermind the rest of the population. The widespread adoption of information technologies has increased the likelihood of cyber-attacks and the military along with every other global industry must work together with all stakeholders and experts to raise awareness and provide a secure cyberspace through the supply of resilient and robust cybersecurity technology. 

These cybersecurity skills are primarily focused on detecting, defending, responding to, and preventing cyber-attacks that may harm military systems and networks, which could have a negative impact on military operations. As a result, it could be argued that the military’s primary responsibility in cybersecurity is to provide protection for information systems and communications.  

Military’s role in Cybersecurity

The military sector has been taking steps to gain a better grasp of the problems of cyber defence, which has resulted in greater operational planning integration. We may say that the overall goal of the military’s cybersecurity and technology strategy is to mitigate any potential hazards. As a result, the military must fully integrate and embrace the cyber defence part of their work, as well as their overall cyber mindset.

Simply described, cybersecurity is a set of behaviours, methods, and technologies aimed at protecting systems, networks, data, computers, and programmes from harm, attacks, and illegal access in order to safeguard personal data and secrets. The military, like any other institution or business, relies on cybersecurity to keep itself safe.

Social security numbers and even the nation’s top secrets are among the data that must be safeguarded. An example of this is when millions of troops were hit by a cyber attack in 2015 which was able to access social security numbers, family information, health records and even the fingerprints of 21.5 million federal employees. These pieces of data should be kept safe from any vulnerabilities or adversaries who could try to take advantage of them. 

Military forces have developed cyber capabilities to aid them in combat and to secure their networks from foes in times of peace. The military plays a vital role in supplying national signal intelligence to the country on a regular basis. The military is always better resourced than other government arms due to its mission-oriented structure

How the military can protect themselves & their citizens

Most cyber assaults target a vulnerable spot and then utilise that exploit to move to other parts of the system, implementing a combination of hardware and software attacks. Since hardware-based attacks are more challenging, the majority of cyber attacks will be software-based. With attacks coming from all directions and employing ever-increasing degrees of stealth and sophistication, every networked device, from the personal to the most guarded government or military systems, requires some type of cyber defence.

Defense groups, such as armed forces on land, at sea, and in the air, can only execute important duties and missions if information is exchanged securely. By using Salt Communications, the military has the capability to send secure messages, broadcasts, media, reports, as well as carry out secure calls. As a result, security officers may swiftly and securely access information being sent from within the system and transmit information to relevant parties within the platform.

By providing complete ownership of Secure Communications

Salt Communications works with large military clients across the globe who require complete assurance over the security and privacy of their communications platform, from where it’s being hosted, to who is being granted access.

Providing the capability to send secure messages and carry out secure calls, Salt supports Military clients with protected instant messaging features and a host of additional unique capabilities. Military partners can utilise message broadcasting, the ability to keep key personnel informed by pushing out real time alerts to groups of users within an organisation, and a real-time incident reporting function to ensure efficient transmission of incident details back to HQ.

Since we are now in the digital era, a cyber-terrorist assault is a reality. This attack is effective and poses a threat to the peace and security of a country. The military’s cybersecurity must be prioritised. By doing so, they will make it difficult for hostile forces to gain access to their systems and networks. As a result, they will be able to avoid any significant harm. Military cybersecurity is, without a doubt, critical in protecting both their troops and its citizens. 

To discuss this article in greater detail with the team, or to sign up for a free trial of Salt Communications contact us on info@saltcommunications.com or visit our website at saltcommunications.com.

About Salt Communications
Salt Communications is a multi-award winning cyber security company providing a fully enterprise-managed software solution giving absolute privacy in mobile communications. It is easy to deploy and uses multi-layered encryption techniques to meet the highest of security standards. Salt Communications offers ‘Peace of Mind’ for Organisations who value their privacy, by giving them complete control and secure communications, to protect their trusted relationships and stay safe. Salt is headquartered in Belfast, N. Ireland, for more information visit Salt Communications.

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