What are Cybersecurity and Cyber Pearl Harbor?

Without getting to technical with definitions and big words, cybersecurity helps protect computers, networks, programs, and data. Did you know that the Pentagon experiences more than 10 million attacks each and every single day? The same is true for the National Nuclear Security Administration.

If you lower the scale a bit and look at various states, you can expect to see over 100,000 attacks per day. How many cyber incidents do you think occur in New York City alone, let alone the entire state? My point is; we have entered an era where one click of the button can change state, country, or world as we know it.

Cybersecurity has become such a necessity in today’s world; some people believe there is potential for a Cyber Pearl Harbor. A surprise attack that would cripple the U.S IT infrastructure, much like the incident that thrust the United States into fighting the Second World War.

Now whether this is being attempted to retrieve confidential data or weaken the United States defenses, it’s a major concern. The National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) was created to fight this potential menace. Founded in 2003, the NCSD constantly creates risk assessments for any potential threat that comes to their attention.

While it sounds like the United States has built a roadblock between highly classified Intel and cyber threats, December 2014 showed us everyone is vulnerable. Late last year, a monumental cyberattack exposed personal information of three to four million federal employees. It’s happened in the past, but not nearly at this magnitude.

The major problem was the United States government was unable to detect the intrusion for a little over 5 months. Supposedly they were using an intrusion detection system that would immediately alert the NCSD if anyone tried attacking major security measures like Department of Homeland Security programs. This system is called the EINSTEIN program, and it initially failed to live up to expectations.

Think about this for a minute; if someone could hack into one of the most expensive intrusion detection systems in the world, how difficult would to be to intercept your personal data and other information. “Small-time” individuals could easily pull an identity-theft scheme and transfer your money from their account to off-shore accounts. Without the proper defense systems, you will always be susceptible to the unknown.

Even though there is no shortage of information revolving around the National Cyber Security Division or Cyber Pearl Harbor, finding the right protection for you is a bit more difficult to find. The next time you visit your local bank, take the time to ask about the measure that are taken to keep your money safe. The next time you hop on Facebook to chat with friends and look at hundreds of pictures, check out their security measures. Remember, all it takes is one unlawful person to negatively impact your life.