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    Deputy commander of U.S. Cyber Command Air Force Lieutenant General Kevin McLaughlin said on Thursday, to provide an overview of the vulnerabilities of the United States military's computer networks, weapons systems and installations, plus to help officials prioritize how to fix issues, the U.S. Defense Department is building a massive, electronic system.

    Within months, U.S. officials should reach agreement on a framework, with a goal of turning the system into an automated "scorecard" in coming years.

    At the annual Billington Cybersecurity Summit, McLaughlin said, while initial data entry would be done by hand, the goal was to create a fully automated system that would help defense officials instantaneously detect and respond to cyber attacks.

    Nearly half of 133 planned cyber response teams consisting of around 6,200 people, all of which would achieve an initial operational capability by the end of 2016, McLaughlin said during the conference regarding Cyber Command.

    McLaughlin said the initial focus of the new scorecard would be on the greatest threats that include weapons systems fielded 30 years ago before the cyber threat was fully understand, as well as newer systems that were not secure enough. While the scorecard was initially intended to look at weapons and networks, the Pentagon was now looking at a broader and more sophisticated approach that also accounted for how data was moved among agencies within the military, he added.

    McLaughlin said, "There’s probably not enough money in the world to fix all those things, but the question is what’s most important, where should we put our resources as we eat the elephant one bite at a time."

    Also discussing their own cybersecurity efforts were officials from the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force who mapped out their own cybersecurity efforts, citing new levels of communication and collaboration among the services around these issues.

    From earlier years, McLaughlin said U.S. military commanders are far more attuned to cyber threats. Cyber Command spot checks and inspections are now being flagged to the command's top leader, Admiral Mike Rogers, which had spurred greater accountability than in earlier years.

    Michael Gilmore, Pentagon's director of testing and evaluation, warned that nearly every major U.S. weapons system is vulnerable to cyber attacks.

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