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Why Data Security Is Important for the Military

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Ciphertex Data Security, known for providing the most reliable data security solutions, provides encryption and data storage technologies to the U.S. military. These solutions meet the highest standards and government mandates. When it comes to military data security, we provide ruggedized data storage networking and security solutions, including software, portable NAS servers, and RAID protection employing the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) employed by U.S. government and military organizations.

In the 21st century, information security has emerged as a major national security concern. Communications, surveillance, signal processing, weapons, and vehicle control systems are all computerized. A cyberattack can have far-reaching effects on a military organization. Security and defense data can be easily corrupted, spied upon, or stolen if not protected; no longer are tanks, machine guns, and bombs the only weapons to worry about.

The threats are so far-reaching, even the Pentagon isn’t immune. In 2008, a cyberattack on the United States Department of Defense (DoD), considered the worst breach of military computers in U.S. history at the time, spread malicious code through classified and unclassified systems via a USB flash drive. The damage took 14 months to clean up, and the Pentagon subsequently banned USB drives.

Since then, the United States Cyber Command was created. It is the central command of all the nation’s cyberspace operations; all military networks are synchronized through here.

Role of the Military in Cyberattack Prevention

Cybersecurity impacts the military’s role in securing every citizen, but military organizations must protect themselves from cybercrime to exercise this duty. The U.S. military has taken on a role to gain a deeper understanding of cyber-defense challenges; integrate cybersecurity with operational planning; and detect, respond to, and prevent cyberattacks with an ever-evolving set of practices, processes, and technologies.

With cybersecurity such a hot topic in the U.S. military, there are five main reasons why data security is so important in this sector.

Prevention of Cyber Attacks

A cyberattack, as defined by a Department of Defense official before the Senate in 2015, involves the theft of intellectual property that puts national security and economic prosperity in jeopardy. Such an attack deliberately damages, destroys, or corrupts private and/or government systems, causing anything from financial losses to destruction, serious injury, or death. Any disruption in the flow of information can harm data and information systems, without causing physical damage or destruction, requiring a broad-spectrum approach to data security.

Aside from preventing malicious attacks, data security solutions for military and federal agencies provide the following benefits:

  1. Secure Sensitive Data: Cybersecurity protects personal information, such as Social Security numbers and bank accounts, and also protects national secrets. Hackers with the right tools can access any of this data on vulnerable computers and networks. Cyber criminals can also hack into systems where they can access national security information and use it to their advantage.
  2. Avoid Data Loss: Whether by accident or intentionally, the loss of data is a serious security risk. Hackers can use ransomware to restrict access to data and extort money from governments. Extremist groups have also used cyberattacks to spread propaganda by manipulating existing data.
  3. Prevent Unauthorized Data Transfer: The unauthorized movement of information can be used to expose national secrets or access financial networks to obtain funds for a country’s own needs, whether to develop new cybersecurity threats or weapons programs. Cryptocurrency has helped make this threat more realistic.
  4. Data Protection During Natural Disasters: Storms, floods, power outages, earthquakes, and other widespread natural disasters, or even a localized event, can put data at risk. Advanced data security not only stores information in safe locations but includes systems that can withstand high temperatures, impacts, vibration, shock, humidity, and other factors.
  5. Ensure National Security: As part of the International Strategy for Cyberspace published by The White House in 2011, a cyberattack is considered to be an act of war. Military force can be used to respond to such an attack from a foreign nation if diplomatic, economic, and other options are exhausted.

Data Security Problems in the Military

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The military faces several challenges regarding cybersecurity. Many adversaries have turned to digital means to launch attacks that can be extremely damaging. Stealing or exploiting data; launching denial of access or service attacks; and destroying, corrupting, or manipulating information in a way that threatens networks and connected computer systems are just some threats military organizations face. As a result, cyberattacks are considered significant threats to national security.

Other data security problems the military faces include untrained IT staff. Without IT staff training, it is difficult to recognize and deal with the latest cybersecurity threats. Training and awareness are among the top priorities in the DoD’s Information Assurance and Accreditation Process. After 2014, cybersecurity became the priority in its Risk Management Framework. In addition, outdated infrastructure and software also make digital assets and physical systems vulnerable, so information systems must be current and interoperable.

How to Improve Military Data Security

The military’s responsibility is to protect the citizens of the United States and keep our nation’s sensitive information secure. The United States Cyber Command was created in 2009 to protect DoD information networks and conduct military cyberspace operations. Each branch of the United States military has its own command component—the Army Cyber Command, the Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command, the Sixteenth Air Force, and the Navy Cyber Forces. While these organizations provide centralized cyber defense entities, it is the technology they employ that strengthens their stance against cybercrime.

Secure Data Solutions for the Military and Federal Government

Ciphertex specializes in data security equipment used by military and federal government agencies. Custom solutions from Ciphertex are built for transportability with integrated multifactor authentication and disaster recovery. GSA Schedule 70, FIPS and NIST approved solutions from Ciphertex include:

  • Portable NAS Servers: Our compact NAS servers are solid, rugged, and scalable. They grow with your storage needs and are suited for a wide range of applications. These systems can be moved and connected quickly into heterogeneous environments, so the availability of secure data storage is one of its key attributes.
  • Portable RAID Protection: RAID or Redundant Array of Independent Disks technology allows for data storage virtualization and combines multiple disk drive components. Ciphertex RAID products feature hardware data encryption, direct connection to HDD imagers for forensics applications, and rugged military-grade metal enclosures.
  • Quick-Link Cable: Available in 7- and 20-foot lengths, it securely connects up to ten Windows-, Mac-, or Linux-based computers to a single Ciphertex SecureNAS®. The cable uses a USB 3.0 interface and also supports Quad Port USB 3.0 PCIe Controllers and LP/SATA power and charging,

Contact Ciphertex

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At Ciphertex Data Security, we understand what it takes to deliver rugged military data security. These impenetrable solutions are designed to encrypt sensitive information and contribute to improving national security at all levels.

Ciphertex Data Security has worked with the U.S. military, defense contractors, and other organizations that face threats of cybercrime and cyberwarfare every day. Portable NAS servers and data servers from Ciphertex have been tested and certified by a Department of Defense Environmental Testing Lab and employ AES 256-bit encryption to fully protect data from all forms of loss and theft. To learn more, browse our products online at www.ciphertex.com, visit our Support Center, or call us at 818-773-8989 today.

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