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Pentagon Cyber Shortfalls Leave Data at Risk, Key Senators Warn

  • McCain and Reed sent Mattis a letter urging him to do more
  • Unclassified but highly technical data at risk, lawmakers say
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The Pentagon isn’t taking strong enough action to ensure that defense contractors are protecting highly technical but unclassified information from hacking, according to the top lawmakers on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The Senate panel “has gathered information that suggests DoD is simply not doing enough to protect controlled, unclassified information,” the lawmakers, including ailing Republican Chairman John McCain and Jack Reed, the panel’s top Democrat, wrote to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in a previously undisclosed letter obtained by Bloomberg News.