Society is full of trends and fads. Concepts that arrive on the scene one minute with great fanfare only to be completely forgotten months later. And this isn’t just limited to fashion or music. Remember when people used to think the Internet was a trendy topic? A passing fad that would surely be over and done with by the time we cracked into the new millennium. It’s hard to believe that less than 10 years ago, we were all just getting familiar with the Internet, and wondering what shape it would take in the future.
In a sense, we’ve just passed through the same era with cybersecurity. Even in 2010, people were unsure about whether or not cybersecurity was worth investments of both time and money. While the concept of online crime used to be relegated to science fiction, it’s very much a reality now. It’s no secret that cybersecurity is an important topic in today’s world. Need proof? Simply tune into any news outlet and you’ll be exposed to stories of data leaks, security breaches and what’s being done to prevent these issues from occurring in the future.
Attacks both nationally and internationally have demonstrated that cybersecurity is an issue that has the power to impact everyone. And while that impact can occur on a personal level, including the theft of personal information and the hacking of home computers, it also has a much wider reach. If the proper cybersecurity regulations are not put into place, there is a real threat to national security. Both power grids and financial systems can be affected, and if that occurs the results of the attack will most certainly be widespread.
Governments are aware of the gravitas of the situation, and steps are being taken at various political levels. In 2012, the amount of lobbying surrounding cybersecurity doubled. Just under 2,000 lobbying reports contained the word cybersecurity in 2012 – that’s up from just 990 reports in 2011. And if the lobbying reports indicate anything, it’s that there’s a push in Washington for more regulations surrounding online protection and security. President Barack Obama released his Executive Order on Cybersecurity in February, recognizing not only the proliferation of the problem, but also the steps that must be put in to place to ensure that all attacks are halted before they’ve damaged important national infrastructure. These are steps in the right direction to getting clear a clear understanding of what needs to be done to protect countries and individuals from malicious online attacks.
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