Ultra Electronics, 3eTI Responds to Admirals’ Request to SecDef for Greater Accountability in Tightening Industrial-Control Security

In a letter to the Defense Secretary citing “seven-fold increase in cyber incidents,” Navy leaders propose adding ICS cyber security to monthly cyber scorecard

Rockville, MD (March 2, 2016)Ultra Electronics, 3eTI®, a leading cyber-technology company with products and solutions that secure critical infrastructure and improve operational efficiency, today issued a response to a letter Navy admirals sent to US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. In the letter, issued February 11, Adm. William Gortney and Adm. Harry Harris ask Secretary Carter to add industrial control systems (ICS) security to the monthly cyber scorecard. DoD uses the scorecard framework to assess the progress agencies make in improving cyber security.

3eTI’s President Benga Erinle issued the following statement:

“I wholeheartedly support our Navy leaders for their recognition of often misunderstood and under-appreciated emerging threats to the ICS networks that underpin essential operations in facilities such as electrical, water, oil & gas. I thank them also for acting, where and when they could, to escalate layered control-system security as a priority to the top levels of military authority.

“Secretary Carter's decision to include ICS cyber security in the cyber scorecard will add new leverage that can at last spawn proactive and industry-wide security improvements. We at 3eTI believe his affirmative to the admirals' request will spark the wide-scale and fast-track action needed to correct the gaping vulnerabilities associated with America's control and machine-to-machine systems.

“On behalf of my colleagues, customers and constituents tenaciously engaged in comprehensive cyber security for ICS, I celebrate the promotion of this issue to the Cabinet level. Its addition to the cyber scorecard will help warn of nefarious payloads before it is too late to take action.”       

Sunny DeMattio
Senior Marketing Manager
Ultra Electronics, 3eTI