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Where's Cyberspace? 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Where's Cyberspace? 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

"Cyberspace is on the bottom of the ocean," Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead told a forum last week sponsored by the Washington think tank, the Center for International and Strategic Studies, according to a Defense News report, noting a significant portion of Internet traffic flows through cables embedded on the oceans' floor. Cybersecurity will "dominate our thinking and investments in a significant way" in the coming years, the nation's top admiral said.

Roughead, in a speech earlier this year, characterized the oceans as the hub of Internet communications.

Cyberspace - it's in the ocean when you get right down to it - and that puts it in the Navy's domain. 

"We talk about cyberspace, how information moves around the world and I always conjure up the slides that are just more plentiful than I care to think in the Pentagon of all the lightning bolts going up and down; all the data flying around," he said. "When you think of the fact that most of that information is not flying through space and lightning bolts - it's moving across the floor of the ocean on a cable that connects continents moving billions and trillions of dollars daily. Its cyberspace - it's in the ocean when you get right down to it - and that puts it in the Navy's domain."

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Eric Chabrow

Eric Chabrow

Retired Executive Editor, GovInfoSecurity

Chabrow, who retired at the end of 2017, hosted and produced the semi-weekly podcast ISMG Security Report and oversaw ISMG's GovInfoSecurity and InfoRiskToday. He's a veteran multimedia journalist who has covered information technology, government and business.

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