European commander: cyber is ‘top of the list’

Navy Adm. James Stavridis, commander of U.S. European Command and the NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Europe, said he would put cybersecurity “at the top of the list” when it comes to protecting the nation.

During a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee, Stavridis said that in the cyber realm “we find the greatest mismatch between our level of preparation and the level of danger.”

According to the American Forces Press Service, Stavridis said that the continuous technological evolution has made it easy for infiltrators to disrupt network-based operations.

Stavridis said that while the United States pursues improved defensive countermeasures and international norms to govern cyber operations, EUCOM is working with its regional allies and partners in a whole-of-government effort to build strong, resilient cybersecurity.

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