Wars Between Nations are Being Fought on Computer Screens

cyber security and data protection

National security has broadened in the last few years to extend beyond the physical borders of a country; it has entered the virtual sphere of the Internet. It’s not only enough to make sure domestic issues are taken care of on land, in the air, and in the sea, but now governments have this new domain that also needs protection (mostly controlled by computers) to make sure sensitive and private information doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.

Wars Fought With Technology

All around the world companies, governments, and nations are trying to find innovative ways to defend networks and computer systems. In order to make to make sure its citizens are safe, governments are ensuring that confidential information is only available to the people who need it. This wouldn’t be an issue if hackers weren’t getting so sophisticated to where they can cause security breaches, even in complex government systems.

Trojan Horse

Wars used to be fought on horseback with medieval weapons; now a war can be waged with a simple click of a button. With advanced technology, we are going to have to expect and demand advanced levels of security to keep us safe. Innovation is nothing new — the Trojan War is a prime example. But instead of a wooden horse, we now have computer viruses called Trojan horses that destroy computers. Governments can’t be so vulnerable and susceptible to such trickery, regardless of the means of execution.

We’ve come a long way since the Trojan War in regards to our advancements in technology, especially when it comes to interactions between countries. Wars are not just fought on the ground anymore as cyber crimes pose a big threat to national security, including pesky little viruses that invade personal computers. Traditional means of engaging in battle are completely changing as hackers try to figure out how to penetrate not just our borders, but our cyber walls.

From June 25 to June 27, The AFCEA International Cyber Symposium 2013 will host various key players involved in defending our networks. The International Community, academics, the U.S. government, and many others will discuss new ideas on how to keep us safe and advance cyber security.

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