Cyber Threat And Its Effect On The National Security Agency

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Introduction Former counsel to the National Security Agency, Joel Brenner, said, “The Internet was not built for security, yet we have made it the backbone of virtually all private sector and government operations, as well as communications” (Lee, Anderson, & Connolly, 2014, p. 9). He continued and said it has brought with it dramatic gains, but it has created excessive vulnerabilities (p. 9). It is the feeling across the world that people’s identities and business will constantly be under attack. The evidence of the Stuxnet worm is an indicator that there are attacks occurring at the nation-state level, and it is increasing in disruption and destruction. It is anticipated that a major cyber attack will cause widespread harm to security at the national level, and will cause risks in people’s ability to defend themselves. By 2025, people anticipate there will be widespread use of cyber terrorism and threats (p. 9). Cyber threat covers many malicious activities in cyberspace. There are many examples of these activities that show how wide and complex the attacks can be. Individuals can attack personal home computers, government websites, involve themselves in cyber espionage, damage physical infrastructures, steal millions of dollars, or even cause the stocks to fluctuate due to inaccurate information posted online. With the current wave of companies being hacked, it is clear that cybercrime is growing, and is only going to get worse. In the 2014 Global Risks Report
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