The Effects Of Cyber Attacks On The Public Health

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In the last decade there has been an almost exponential increase in the number, complexity and sophistication of malicious software. The rate of occurrence of cyber-attacks, the lighting fast speed of dissemination, and the economic impact requires same level of attention and response as a pandemic health crisis. The technical solutions are addressing these serious concerns on the technological side but they do little to reduce or eliminate cyber-attacks from occurring in the first place. Also, they are more likely to be viewed as fun challenges or opportunities to showcase cybercriminals technical skills. Lastly, the enormous potential for financial gain from cybercrime and relative little legislature regulations on a global scale, represents a very attractive opportunity for unscrupulous individuals. The public health professionals have been very successful in implementing public health models to prevent and combat disease spreading. As a result, many health indicators have improved drastically: child mortality, maternal health, eradication or sizable reduction of a large number of infectious diseases, etc. The public health models are categorized in the three levels of action: primary preventions, secondary prevention and tertiary prevention. Primary prevention focuses on the prevention or inhibition of the risk factors for the population at risk. Secondary prevention focuses on the actions taken to slow down the progress of the disease after the onset. Tertiary
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