In a shocking revelation, a federal court in Virginia has ruled that the metals supply chain for the metal industry, including manufacturers, is not adequately protected from cyber attacks and the effects of cyber attacks, The Washington Post reported.
The court’s decision is a landmark decision in the nation’s battle against cybercrime and the threat of cyberattacks.
In the ruling, the court found that, despite a lack of adequate safeguards, the metals industry was vulnerable to cyber attacks because of inadequate controls and a lack and insufficient training.
“As a result, the [U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia] found that the steel industry and other industries that manufacture, refine, and supply steel, copper, lead, and aluminum have not adequately secured their supply chains and are therefore at risk of being hit by cyber attacks,” the Post reported, adding that the ruling will likely have an impact on the ability of the federal government to control cyber crime.
“The ruling was a wake-up call for the steel and other steel industry, who have been working for years to secure and control cyber threat data and infrastructure.”
The ruling, filed by U.
S Court of Appeals Judge Charles C. Wright, comes as the Obama administration grapples with the issue of cyber security and cybersecurity.
In January, the Obama Administration ordered the Department of Homeland Security to develop a cybersecurity strategy that would address the challenges faced by the steel, steelmaking, and other metal industries.
It also called for the creation of a cyber vulnerability task force.
“It is critical that we secure the nation, and we are working to make sure we are able to do that,” Secretary of Homeland Protection Jeh Johnson told reporters on January 23.
The Department of Justice and Department of Labor, along with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, have been coordinating the efforts to secure the steel supply chain.
The government said that it is working with federal agencies to implement the plan, but the administration is not making the necessary decisions on how to secure or manage the supply chain, including cyber security, the Post said.
The report also said that the report found that there is “little, if any, effective training of managers or employees of the metals sector to protect them against cyber attacks.”
“The steel industry has not had adequate training in how to protect against cyber threats, and it remains unclear how they can best protect against these threats,” the report said.
“The metals industry has a critical responsibility to ensure that its supply chain remains secure and that the equipment it supplies is safe, but, as this report shows, this cannot be done alone,” the federal court ruled.