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Modern Navy presents cybersecurity challenge

By David Sharp

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Nov. 8 2013 8:03 a.m. MST

Navy Rear Admiral William E. Leigher, one of the nation's top military experts on cyber security, is reflected in a computer screen displaying a numerical code, while posing Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in Portland, Maine. Leigher, who serves in the Pentagon as Director of Warfare Integration for Information Dominance, is an alumnus of the University of Southern Maine. He will keynote USM's second annual "State of IT in Maine" conference, Friday, November 8.

Robert F. Bukaty, Associated Press

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PORTLAND, Maine — One of the Navy's top cybersecurity officials says there's no evidence that a Navy warship has ever been hacked. And he wants to keep it that way with the Navy's most advanced destroyer.

Rear Adm. William Leigher said the stealthy Zumwalt that's under construction at Maine's Bath Iron Works represents the highest level of automation and integration to date on a destroyer.

Leigher says there will be exhaustive tests on the ship before it heads to sea.

Leigher, a Maine native, is in his home state to deliver a keynote address Friday at a University of Southern Maine conference bringing together public and private sector information technology officers.

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