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Protecting Our Future, Volume 1 Educating a Cybersecurity Workforce von Leclair, Jane (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 13.01.2016
  • Verlag: Hudson Whitman/ Excelsior College Press
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Protecting Our Future, Volume 1

Protecting Our Future, Volume 1, examines cyber threats and workforce needs in a variety of Critical Infrastructure Sectors and Subsectors.


    Format: ePUB
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    Seitenzahl: 200
    Erscheinungsdatum: 13.01.2016
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781944079048
    Verlag: Hudson Whitman/ Excelsior College Press
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Protecting Our Future, Volume 1

Introduction JANE LECLAIR In the world of technology, cybersecurity is without a doubt the most important topic of our times. As a society, we are increasingly engaging with cyberspace through the innumerable online, cloud-based, and networked activities in which we take part every day. We have become in many regards digital people, with our entire lives, in one aspect or another, online and open to inspection. The information that traverses these digital networks is of value not only to us as individuals, but to our national security as well. Our personal computers are constantly being assaulted by viruses, the cybersystems of the banking industry are attacked on a daily basis, and every day government agencies such as the Pentagon are attacked as many as ten million times. Cybersecurity is the process by which we guard our personal, business, and government data. Advancing technologies have given us the ability to transmit vast amounts of information over the Internet, to electronically move billions of dollars in transactions on a daily basis, and to compile increasingly large amounts of data for our business organizations. By some estimates, in 2012, each day there were more than 2.5 quintillion bytes of data generated. In the banking sector, financial institutions increasingly rely on electronic means to transfer monies and increase customer service to achieve higher rates of satisfaction. With regard to the business community, increasingly more businesses are relying heavily on electronic means to improve their performance in all sectors and in some cases, a business may only exist in the digital world. Digital technology easily provides us with the ability to use social media, do our personal banking, shop online, read books, watch the news, and remotely monitor and secure our homes. Americans alone spent more than $200 billion on online shopping in 2011 and are expected to shell out $327 billion in Internet stores by 2016 (Woo 2012). Much of our national security is entwined with technology as well. All branches of government, including the military and defense contractors, heavily rely on technology. The military is especially concerned with activity over the Internet for protection of our country. While speaking at a forum at the Brookings Institution, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, noted, "One thing is clear: cyber has escalated from an issue of moderate concern to one of the most serious threats to our national security" (Roulo 2013). There is no question that many cyber-attacks on critical government assets are being made by the intelligence services of foreign countries and nation-states. As these attacks are well financed, sophisticated, and directed, only the government has the resources readily available to counter them. Cyber warfare is no longer something found in fiction, but is a real, growing and serious threat to our nation's security. The notion of "cybersecurity" is a relatively new one in both the workforce and among education and training providers. Technologies are rapidly evolving and much has happened in the past decade to create a great sense of urgency to protect our systems. Increasingly, experts are urging that our cyber infrastructure be strengthened to meet these mounting challenges. As we seek to improve our defenses, we also need to recognize the importance of educating our workforce so that there is a seamless transition between educational facilities and industries. As our reliance on technology has grown, so has our vulnerability. Increasingly, there are individuals and foreign countries that would seek to do us and our systems harm. With seeming regularity there are reports of cyber-attacks on our financial institutions, government agencies, defense contractors, and our ow

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