The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said that in its mission to defend the nation, the Defense Department must stay ahead of the ongoing technological revolution and its attendant rise in “anywhere, any time” cyber threats.
As the defense community begins to focus inward on the implications of changing resources and this thing called sequestration, I think it’s important that we force ourselves to continue to look outward, at the changing world around us,” Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told attendees at a Brookings Institution forum.
Dutch police have made an arrest following a threat, posted on the internet, to carry out a shooting at a school in the city of Leiden.
Unconfirmed reports in Dutch media say a former pupil of the British School in nearby Voorschoten has been detained.
More than 20 schools were told to stay closed on Monday in response to the threat posted on internet forum 4chan.
The anonymous writer said they would shoot their teacher "and as many students as I can".
As technology expands its influence in every aspect of our lives, the need to protect people from digital threats grows dramatically. Furthermore, because cybersecurity technologies are rapidly strengthening, parties seeking to breach information systems are increasingly exploiting human weaknesses, rather than strictly technological vulnerabilities, in order to achieve their goals. On both a personal and professional level, therefore, it is critical for people to understand the human aspects of cybersecurity.
Though citizens across the United States recently celebrated Independence Day, many who hold IT-related executive jobs believe cyber criminals are attempting to damage the infrastructure that holds the country together on a larger scale. A recent government report revealed that the frequency of cyber threats against government entities is on the rise.
The recently compiled report from the Department of Homeland Security's Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team indicated the group received 198 reports of suspected cyber attacks in 2011,
The war of the future will be conducted in cyberspace. The cyber-warriors will no longer meet in the physical world, but to enforce the will of their leaders with digital attacks. The goal of these attacks will not be the physical destruction, but the critical infrastructure. Attacked are the lifeblood of modern society: energy networks, financial systems, military information networks and security systems.