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In a significant development in the realm of military cybersecurity, the Department of the Navy has unveiled its inaugural Cyber Strategy.
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Thomas Ricardo - Cyber Analyst Reporter
December 2, 2023

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US Navy - Adapting to evolving cyber warfare needs

In a significant development in the realm of military cybersecurity, the Department of the Navy has unveiled its inaugural Cyber Strategy, a comprehensive plan designed to fortify the United States Navy's cyber capabilities in alignment with the broader National Defense Strategy and the Department of Defense Cyber Strategy.

 The announcement, made on November 21, 2023, by Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro, marks a pivotal step in the Navy's efforts to enhance its cyber warfare capacities.

Carlos Del Toro, United States Secretary of the Navy

Secretary Del Toro emphasised the strategic significance of this initiative, stating,

"This inaugural strategy builds on years of lessons learned from cyber domain operations across the globe. We are focused on aggressively enhancing our cyber enterprise, while fostering cooperation and collaboration with our allies and partners." 

This statement underscores the Navy's commitment to not only strengthening its own cyber defences but also working in tandem with international allies to bolster collective cybersecurity.

The strategy encompasses seven key lines of effort: improving and supporting the cyber workforce; defending enterprise IT, data, and networks; securing Defense Critical Infrastructure and weapon systems; conducting and facilitating cyber operations; partnering to secure the Defense Industrial Base; and fostering cooperation and collaboration.

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This multi-faceted approach reflects the complex nature of modern cyber warfare and the need for a comprehensive strategy to address various aspects of cybersecurity.

Chris Cleary, the Department of the Navy's Principal Cyber Advisor, reiterated the strategy's focus on operational excellence in the cyber domain, stating,

 "Our strategy reaffirms our commitment to warfighting excellence within cyberspace. We are prioritising the defence of our cyber enterprise and data while conducting and facilitating cyber operations across the globe." 

This perspective highlights the Navy's proactive stance in defending and leveraging its cyber capabilities.

Furthermore, the strategy was collaboratively developed by the Office of the Principal Cyber Advisor and the Office of the Chief Information Officer, ensuring a holistic approach covering all facets of the Department of the Navy's cyberspace activities. Jane Rathbun, the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer, emphasised the strategic importance of this development, stating, 

"Achieving a competitive advantage in the cyber domain is critical to strengthening our maritime dominance. The Cyber Strategy sets the DON on a course to more effectively defend our Information Ecosystem and emphasises the importance of our cyber workforce."

In the broader context of global naval power, this development comes at a time when other major naval forces, notably China, are advancing their capabilities through the use of automated ships powered by artificial intelligence and employing hybrid cyber warfare as a primary weapon. 

These advancements, combined with strategies focused on counter-electronic intrusion and electronic warfare resources, pose significant challenges in the Pacific region.

 The U.S. Navy's enhanced cyber strategy is thus a crucial response to these evolving threats, aiming to maintain a competitive edge in a rapidly changing technological and security landscape.

US Navy - Adapting to evolving cyber warfare needs

In a significant development in the realm of military cybersecurity, the Department of the Navy has unveiled its inaugural Cyber Strategy, a comprehensive plan designed to fortify the United States Navy's cyber capabilities in alignment with the broader National Defense Strategy and the Department of Defense Cyber Strategy.

 The announcement, made on November 21, 2023, by Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro, marks a pivotal step in the Navy's efforts to enhance its cyber warfare capacities.

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