What is cyber-security and what is the RCN doing about it?

We know that technology affects warfare. How we fight has changed dramatically over the years as technology has developed. We are in the midst of another significant change to warfare – cyber-warfare. Inherent in this is, of course, cyber-security. Warships (and on-land military support infrastructures) require multiple computer networks. Command and control, navigation, communication, mechanical equipment, propulsion, surveillance, situational awareness, emergency response and weapons are all tied into computers.

Could the computers connected to military equipment (ships, helicopters, missiles, etc.) be hacked and with what implications? What does cyber-security mean and how does it affect navies? And what is the Royal Canadian Navy doing to address cyber threats? I’m glad you asked. There’s a Naval Association of Canada Briefing Note that outlines the broad elements of this topic. Check it out at bn34-cyber-1.pdf (navalassoc.ca)

Link https://www.navalassoc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/bn34-cyber-1.pdf


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