The Real Need for Cybersecurity

According to the US Department of Homeland Security, “Our daily life, economic vitality, and national security depend on a stable, safe, and resilient cyberspace.” Digital infrastructure has infiltrated most aspects of our daily lives. When you start thinking about this in depth, it is easy to see how quickly things can turn s ugly.

Have you ever considered what would happen if our power grid was attacked? Beyond some of the domino effects the power grid itself has, think about the work to bring it back online. We are all accustomed to managing systems with other systems. A widespread power issue could create some very interesting chicken and egg problems.

Maybe some are smug enough to think they cannot be affected–with their resilient systems and diesel generators. Ever consider the likelihood of that fuel supply being available for the long term if there’s no utility power available at other places? The affected part of the world would be so challenged by such an event that everyone would be impacted, directly and indirectly. No power, no computers, no network and no ability to transact business in the ways that we are accustomed to. In other words, the possibility of impacting physiological layer of Maslow’s pyramid is real.

Today Cybersecurity shortcomings still seem to be highlighted with financial ramifications. As we become more and more dependent on connected things, there are many dire scenarios that must be considered. While the financial ramifications won’t go away, we must not fall into the trap of thinking that our bank accounts are the only possible way we can be impacted.

Disclaimer: This article includes the independent thoughts, opinions, commentary or technical detail of Paul Stewart. This may or may does not reflect the position of past, present or future employers.

About Paul Stewart, CCIE 26009 (Security)

Paul is a Network and Security Engineer, Trainer and Blogger who enjoys understanding how things really work. With over 15 years of experience in the technology industry, Paul has helped many organizations build, maintain and secure their networks and systems.
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