Cyber Attacks Will Only Get Worse in the Future

Cyber attacks, while once a thing in science-fiction novels and any sort of tv show or movie, have become more and more frequent these past few years. It seems like barely a week goes by without a new story breaking about how some bank or business has been hacked and personal information has been breached and stolen. There are also the constant articles about cyber security firms constantly finding shocking vulnerabilities in many of the technologies that we take for granted and use every day; does everyone remember the heartbleed bug that affected basically the entire internet? Just to make sure that there was no one left who isn’t nervous about their online security, a recent survey of security experts shows that we haven’t even started to experience what cyber warfare is like and the worst is most definitely to come.

A recent Pew Research Center poll has 61% of security experts agreeing that we are going to see “widespread harm” resulting from a cyber attack in the coming years, as in by 2025. Now what does “widespread harm” mean? I’m glad you asked. The experts meant that there were good chances of us dealing with significant loss of life, of property, damage, or theft in the tens of billions of dollars. Obviously these are all terrible things and if they happen then people around the country, and probably the world, will be very negatively affected. While the remaining 39% thought that this sort of damage could be avoided, they pointed out that it would most likely be due to a Cold War-esque situation of mutually assured disruption. The experts also point that that many times cyber threats are exaggerated by those who would profit the most from people preparing and buying cyber defenses. While that may be true, the majority of experts still believe that this sort of damage will happen. Hopefully security experts in the government have read this report and are taking the possibility seriously. The USA has the greatest military in the world and we should have the cyber protections and ability to attack to back up our physical forces.

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