Cyberspace: Cyber Security

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In this day and age, Cyberspace touches almost every part of our daily lives. There are few activities and places that we approach that are not in one way or another tied into cyberspace. On a small scale, matters such as your home, work, hospitals, schools and even a lot of restaurants are tied into cyberspace. On a much larger scale, matters such as the power grids that bring us power every day, nuclear power plants , military information and most of the intelligence the US government has ever collected are accessible in cyberspace. Knowing this information brings me to a few questions. How well is this information protected? How does this affect the average person?
This is where cyber security comes into to play. Cyber security, in a nut shell, is the attempt to stop any individual from attaining information via cyberspace that they are not supposed to have access to. Cyber security professionals’ work day after day trying to combat these threats against our information and in some cases our lives. The biggest issue with Cyber security is that it is always evolving. As soon as one issue is fixed, another individual finds a different way to exploit the codes and protocols that make up the vast entity of cyberspace. Also, the attackers can range vastly in knowledge levels; anywhere from engineers that are experts at code and how the protocols work to kids that use scripts (premade strings of code that are programmed to automatically execute a given function). These scripts are usually made by professional coders and are fairly easily accessed over the internet.
Recently it was discovered that there is a flaw in a very common internet protocol that protects your personal information when you shop online. Anyone that was ever ...

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...l websites, auction sites, etc, and are sent to individuals with a link that directs them to a website that is infected with malware. These emails are sent with the intent to obtain usernames, passwords and possibly even credit card details when the individuals click the website link.
Issues with cyber security are becoming more and more common as individuals who

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