Pentagon hack highlights web security

Hackers were able to infiltrate the Pentagon's network, gaining access to several terabytes of data on the F-35's design and electronics systems.

Following a recent intrusion on Pentagon computer systems by hackers that compromised information on its Joint Strike Fighter program, security experts and staff working on the project are likely to improve web security scanning, looking toward broader standards than current commercial enterprise standards such as HIPAA, SoX and PCI 1.2.

According to a Tuesday announcement by web security software developer (, the theft of documents regarding the Joint Strike Fighter program is the third such incident in the past two years, and could mark the beginning of the organization looking more closely at its security compliance and web security scanning efforts.

Early last week, unidentified sources told Washington Post that the Obama administration plans to create a US military command to oversee computer security and develop cyberwarfare weapons, with the Pentagon already planning on reorganizing to implement the division soon.

54f3 managing director Jason Remillard said the security breech at one of the world's most secretive organizations illustrates the threat hackers pose to small and medium-sized businesses. "We hate to say 'I told you so' to many of our customers, but we're very keen to let businesses know just how important having security compliance certification is for websites," Remillard said in a statement.

Based on Enterprise Grade security scanning software and methodologies,'s commercial grade web security scanning services for businesses find, on average, at least 40 vulnerabilities in their security systems, and have been known to find more than 1,000.

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