As we all know, cyber-attacks and cyber-crime have been prevalent for quite some time now. Due to the constant turn of technology, we are unfortunately seeing more and more cyber-attacks and cyber-terrorism acts every day. The article I read for this week’s blog dealt with NATO stepping up its cyber-defense. According to Ian Wishart and Bloomberg of the Chicago Tribune, “defense ministries across Europe are stepping up security and intelligence-sharing in a bid to head off potentially lethal cyber-strikes by rogue states and terrorists on public and military targets” (2015, para. 3). One part of the week-long exercise to test out new cyber-defense techniques involved an Internet attack that froze military commanders’ radar screens, making them unable to see anything that was coming toward them (Wishart & Bloomberg, 2015, para. 2). NATO’s main concern right now is that terrorist groups are not only going to stick to traditional terrorism acts, but also move to cyber-warfare. The terrible thing about cyber-warfare is that it can affect anyone in any place at any time. You do not have to specifically be where the perpetrator of the cyber-warfare is geographically located. For instance, someone could commit cyber-warfare in Mexico and it could still affect someone else who lives in Italy. NATO is working hard to combat the possible cyber-attacks. “Simulations at the exercises at Tartu, also include the deliberate crashing of air-force monitoring equipment and the compromising of security information through a computer worm planted on a USB stick” (Wishart & Bloomberg, 2015, para. 6). Britain is also looking into better cyber-defense to counter possible attacks. Before cyber-attacks became prevalent, NATO did not really focus on cyber-defense tactics. NATO realizes now that cyber-warfare is a very real thing, and something needs to be done immediately to combat whatever may happen.
I found this article rather interesting. I thought that NATO would have already been on top of their cyber-defense game but after reading this article, it appears otherwise. However, they are doing the appropriate thing and taking the right steps to have a better defense system in the cyber world. Especially in today’s day and age, with new technology turning over daily, everyone needs to step up their cyber-defense tactics. You never know what could happen. Cyber-attacks and cyber-warfare does not only affect computers. It can affect news stations, power sources, and as stated above, air-force monitoring equipment. That is why cyber-warfare is so scary. Anything that is electronic is not safe. Personal cell phones could be shut off as well, or programmed to do something other than what the owner intended. Everything that I have learned in this class has taught me to be more careful about using technology and to always be aware of what is going on. Since technology is up and coming so rapidly, maybe everyone should have to take a course on the dangers of cyber-crime and cyber-terrorism. I am sure it would benefit a lot of people. It is just scary because anything can happen and you might not even know it.
Wishart, I. & Bloomberg. (2015). NATO testing its cyber-defense firepower. Retrieved from http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-wp-blm-nato-a5df8bde-8f80-11e5-934c-a369c80822c2-20151120-story.html