CyberSecurity and the Threat to National Security Essay

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It is difficult to define cyberculture because its boundaries are uncertain and applications to certain circumstances can often be disputed. The common threads of defining cyberculture is a culture which has evolved and continues to evolve from the use of computer networks and the internet and is guided by social and cultural movements reflective of advancements in scientific and technological information. It is not a unified culture but rather a culture that exists in cyberspace and is a compilation of numerous new technologies and capabilities, used by diverse people in diverse real – world locations. Cyberculture, a twentieth century phenomena, has brought challenges unlike any other that the United States has seen in the areas …show more content…
He went on to say that “the department listed cyber space as the “fifth domain” of warfare, after air, land, sea and space.” (4) The department is dependent on cyber space to function and it should be noted that the Department of Defense operates 15,000 networks with more than 7 millions devices in hundreds of locations around the world. A stark admission by the Defense Department is that “ our reliance on cyber space stands in stark contrast to the inadequacy of our cyber security.” (5) In summation, Lynn projected that assessment of cyber attacks will be significant in future conflicts with major nations, rogue states and terrorist groups. It is noteworthy to add that a remark by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that same July date stated “attackers probe pentagon networks millions of times every day looking for classified information, and “malicious insiders” are stealing files. Adversaries are developing sophisticated and widely availabletools to hack into secure networks. More than 60,000 new malicious software programs or variations are identified every day, threatening our security, our economy and our citizens.” (6)

A July 2011 report by the Department of Defense
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