Cyber Security as an International Security Threat

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Cyber Security as an International Security Threat National and International Security is a sum of the actions taken by countries and other organizations that can guarantee the safety and well being of their population. It is vital for a nation to pre-emptively discover what issues could affect their security, and take action to prevent any detrimental or harmful events from happening. With the development of technology and the transition into a more technologically savvy society, cyber security has become one of the most prevalent and important economic and national security issues that the United States will come to face. United States President Barack Obama has identified cyber security as a key issue the nation will face. President Obama declared that the “cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation” and that “America's economic prosperity in the 21st century will depend on cyber security (“Foreign Policy Cyber Security,” 2013).” To begin with, cyber security is described as the body of technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access (Lewis, 2002). In a foreign policy brief, the White House described the importance of combatting cyber security. They said: Cyberspace touches nearly every part of our daily lives. It's the broadband networks beneath us and the wireless signals around us, the local networks in our schools and hospitals and businesses, and the massive grids that power our nation. It's the classified military and intelligence networks that keep us safe, and the World Wide Web that has made us more interconnected than at any time in human history. We must ... ... middle of paper ... ...t line of defense against cyber threats, defending against cyber threats by enhancing U.S. counterintelligence capabilities and increasing the security and monitoring of cyber space, and strengthening the future cyber security environment by expanding cyber education, research and development efforts, and working to define and develop strategies to deter hostile or malicious activity in cyberspace. The government and industry alike must work effectively to combat this threat. As President Obama said in early on in his tenure, “It’s the great irony of our information age, the very technologies that empower us to create and to build also empower those who would disrupt and destroy (“Foreign Policy Cyber Security,” 2013).” It’s not necessarily about not how big your gun is, but instead how many buttons you can press.
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