Cybersecurity Center pitched for USNA

Tuesday - 6/29/2010, 9:30am EDT

Cybersecurity Update - Tune in weekdays at 30 minutes past the hour for the latest cybersecurity news on The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris (6-10 a.m.) and The DorobekInsider with Chris Dorobek (3-7 p.m.). Listen live at FederalNewsRadio.com or on the radio at 1500 and 820 AM in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

  • The Naval Academy is pitching a plan to build a new facility for training cyberwarriors. The school's chief academic officer says the building would allow students to apply class-work in real-life situations. Nothing is final yet, but the Academy has approached senior Navy leaders with the idea. The Annapolis facility would cost between $80 and $100 million dollars.

  • CIA Director Leon Panetta says aside from terrorism, he's most concerned about two threats which he thinks have stayed largely under the radar of most Americans. On ABC's "This Week," Panetta said top of mind is the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the possibility that terrorists could get their hands on one. The other concern is cybersecurity. Panetta says the threat of cyber warfare is very real, and that it could threaten the nation's power grid and financial system. Panetta says cybersecurity is an area that needs more attention.

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