U.S. Navy charts a new course to avoid cyberattacks

The Navy is researching the ability to go off the grid.
The Navy is researching the ability to go off the grid.

The U.S. Navy may not be going back to the age of wooden ships and sails, but to defend against cyberattacks the service is stepping back from its current level of hyper-connectivity and instead looking at ways to limit which systems are networked at any given time.

Naval Surface Warfare Center Commander Rear Adm. Lorin Selby said the Navy would like to create a system allowing its surface, air and submarine assets to selectively connect or disconnect from the internet, according to Military.com. This is part of an on-going program called CYBERSAFE that is designed to promote better cyber security and minimize force vulnerabilities.

The Navy aims to create a system allowing a commander can decide to disconnect his units from the network when in danger of cyberattack, carry out the mission, and then reconnect.

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