The Impacts of Cyber Warfare

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Society has become ever-increasingly dependent upon technology, more specifically, computers to conduct personal and business transactions and communications. Consequently, criminals have targeted these systems to conduct information and cyber warfare, which can include politically motivated attacks and to profit through ill-gotten means. In an article written by Koblentz and Mazanec (2013), cyber warfare is the act of disabling an enemy’s ability to use or obtain information, degrade its ability to make decisions, and to command its military forces. Additionally, information warfare is composed of cyber warfare and related to the protection, disruption, destruction, denial, or manipulation of information in order to gain a benefit through the technologies (Taddeo, 2012). Accordingly, as technology becomes readily available to various entities, the ability to conduct or perform warfare through technological means is multiplying. The ability to conduct warfare through technological methods has increased information security awareness and the need to protect an entities infrastructure. Subsequently, cyber warfare produces increased risk to security practitioners that employ technology and other methods to mitigate risks to information and the various systems that hold or transmit data. A significant risk to information lies in the conduct of electronic commerce, hereinafter called e-commerce. E-commerce is the purchasing or selling of goods and/or services through the internet or other electronic means (Liu, Chen, Huang, & Yang, 2013). In this article, the researcher will discuss cyber warfare risks, present an evaluation on established security measures, identify potential victims of identity theft, and present an examina... ... middle of paper ... ...ld. TRAMES: A Journal of the Humanities & Social Sciences, 16(2), 157-176. doi:10.3176/tr.2012.2.04 Saleh, Z. (2013). The impact of identity theft on perceived. Journal of Internet Banking & Commerce, 18(2), 1-11. Retrieved from Sullivan, C. (2009). Is identity theft really theft? International Review of Law, Computers & Technology, 23(1/2), 77-87. doi:10.1080/13600860902742596 Taddeo, M. (2012). Information warfare: A philosophical perspective. Philosophy & Technology, 25(1), 105-120. doi:10.1007/s13347-011-0040-9 Vacca, W. A. (2012). Military culture and cyber security. Survival, 53(6), 159-176. doi:10.1080/00396338.2011.636520 Zhao, J. J., & Zhao, S. Y. (2012). Retail e-commerce security status among fortune 500 corporations. Journal of Education for Business, 87(3), 136-144. doi:10.1080/08832323.2011.582191

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that cyber warfare presents economic, political, and social predicaments to information security practitioners and decision makers.
  • Explains that cyber criminals may use cyber warfare to make political statements or undermine the political happenings of a faction that serve to an overarching objective.
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