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The Year When Cyber Security Hit Rock Bottom

October 29, 2014 | By Editor 

Summary

The higher the sophistication the more danger it is. This statement holds true for both physical and virtual world. Indeed, it is a dangerous world.

Given the growing unrest in many parts of the physical world along with the equally increasing disturbances in cyber space, the term ‘security’ is losing its meaning and relevance.

Cyber security is relatively dangerous that its physical counterpart because the virtual sphere has no boundaries and laws governing cyber warfare.

Cyber Security Hit

Cyber Security Today- Not a Healthy Trend

  • Recently, The White House declared cyber threats as one of the gravest national security dangers the country faces. Not only the United States, but even for nations across globe, cyber security is a pressing issue. Data breaches have a damaging impact on the critical infrastructure and overall economy of a country.
  • The recent epidemic of data breaches against some of major U.S. banks and retailers has raised the awareness of general public about a threat federal officials have long warned of. But only a few citizens take heed to the warnings, say officials.
  • For FBI Director James Comney, the Web is the most menacing issue ever imagined. For example, if you were working late hours, just you, your entire danger sense would be heightened. You would react even to the mildest of sounds. As soon your work is done, you would walk quickly, go straight to your vehicle, and go straight home without even looking back.
  • The same scenario is happening on the Internet today. People are aimlessly wandering on the Web all through the day. They give no thought to the attachments they open, the websites they visit, or the apps they download. And this allows easy access for cyber criminals.
  • Following the leaks from the National Security Agency (NSA), which appeared to reveal a massive surveillance apparatus, cyber security took a massive beating to its reputation.
  • Regardless of the conspiracies theories and the stance on Edward Snowden, it is a fact the government has dug deep into our lives via what we once believed were private communications.
  • So, is the government itself an apparent hacker? It justifies by saying ever thing is done in the best interests of its citizens. Really? If this the reason the officials are giving for violating the privacy of its people?
  • As government explores the other facets of cyber threats, security researchers are keen to know its plans to rectify some of the long-running pressing issues. For example, dearth of skilled cyber security experts and how that lack could pose danger to national security.
  • Also with the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon, how is the government positioned to handle potential cyber threats rising from smart devices both on and off an agency network?
  • What is the rest of the world doing to raise awareness of the cyberthreat among its citizens, especially the ever-ignorant ones?
  • How are foreign agencies and governments going to collaborate to nab hackers crossing national boundaries, safeguard critical data from getting leaked, and lock their systems?

Conclusion

Only time can tell when and how these questions will be answered. Whether appropriately is a different question altogether. Google’s HTTPS and Apple’s smartphone encryption are just a beginning. The cyber world needs more of such brave initiatives, to combat cyber threats.

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