"We raised the profile of the issue," says Jim Lewis, director and senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "Now, nobody won't say cybersecurity isn't a problem, and that's a positive thing."
Sensitive information maintained by three federal departments - Defense, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services - isn't fully safeguarded from the inquisitive eyes of government contractors, putting the data at risk of unauthorized disclosure or misuse.
In poker, it's known as the "tell" - a physical nuance that a player unwittingly exhibits when bluffing. Military researchers are seeking ways to reveal the "tell" among insiders who seek to steal secrets from or damage IT systems.
Despite efforts to tighten security to prevent such digital invasions, the military understands such breaches could still occur, which led Lynn to say the military must develop and train its cyber defenders to act in a degraded information environment.