How Cyber Security Can Be Simply Defined As Protecting Your Computer From Unwanted Access

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INTRODUCTION TO CYBER SECURITY

“The only system which is truly secure is one which is switched off and unplugged locked in a titanium lined safe, buried in a concrete bunker, and is surrounded by nerve gas and very highly paid armed guards. Even then, I wouldn 't stake my life on it.”
-- Gene Spafford, Director, Computer Operations, Audit, and Security Technology (COAST) Project, Purdue University

Cyber security can be simply defined as protecting your computer from unwanted access. A simple definition, yet a very complex topic. The fundamental issue that we face in this digital world that we live in is an infinite number of loopholes that persist in the rules and regulations that govern the basic principles of computing. These loopholes are manipulated every single second of the day, making a permanent resolution near to impossible. When one threat has been dealt with a whole new set of problems can arise due to those changes, it’s a never ending cycle of hopelessness.

So how did all these threats arise? What happened at the very beginning of this deadly digital age? What merely began as a way for tech savvy users such as the homebrew community to impress and challenge themselves turned into international cyber warfare when the normal day to day user realized that skills are not necessary to bypass these security systems that have already been infiltrated by skilled “hackers” leaving backdoors for easy re-entry.

The objective of this project is to educate the lament…
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