Our Safeguards Against Cyberterrorism And What We Can Do About It

1737 Words Nov 11th, 2015 7 Pages
Nathaniel Howard
COMS 3053
Paper #1
Our Safeguards against Cyberterrorism In reality, attacks in cyber-space happen all the time. Over 20 million cyber-attacks happened within Utah in 2013 each day, and this was from Utah’s government websites, not including businesses. (“Fortis Blog”) Just imagine the various ways one could hack a website. Someone can even look up how to do it nowadays, and with at least half of the population in the U.S. using a computer, there are an untold number of people who use hack from inside the country. There are also those who hack from outside the country, and that is at least enough to accumulate up to 20 million attacks a day. Unfortunately, there are fewer ways to secure ourselves from these attacks, but that does not mean all is hopeless. In this paper, I aim to look at our current options against cyberterrorism and what we can do about it.
Just what is cyber-terrorism?
Cyberterrorism is defined as “Use of information technology and means by terrorist groups or agents.” (“What is Cyber-Terrorism?”) These attacks usually have a motivation to them, usually political, and is used to intimidate the civilian population or government. They use this to communicate between one another while avoiding counter-terrorist officials. Other than the qualities that were mentioned, cyber-terrorism and regular cyber-crime are actually similar. They both use information to attack groups of individuals, be it a company or a country. The media often uses both…
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