Cybersecurity: Breaking News on the Network Security Forefront

As we enter the age of cyber, well, everything, it is not unreasonable to think we are taking a huge risk by ultimately putting all of our data-eggs in one basket.

As more and more of our daily lives become computerized, backed up, and stored on the cloud, our data becomes more organized, smaller, and easily accessible. But just whom might be accessing this information has raised some serious questions, sparked debates, and ignited major change on the American cybersecurity forefront. While the main targets of the newly announced presidential plan are corporations and service providers, his points should spark an interest in all industries; and the multifamily housing sector is no different. One small measure which makes a huge difference when providing WiFi access for multiple users, is making sure you have a fully managed and monitored network in place to avoid any obvious disruptions or misuse of service.

Cybersecurity has may sectors in an uproar.On Tuesday, February 12, Obama addressed the cybersecurity concerns shared by many government officials during his State of the Union Address:

“[America’s enemies] are seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, and our air traffic control systems. We cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did nothing in the face of real threats to our security and our economy.”

A more detailed description of the executive orders is scheduled for today; however in his address The President strongly urged Congress to pass legislation taking measures to ensure higher levels of cybersecurity.

Obama’s order is said, by senior administration officials, to start the development of voluntary standards to preserve computer systems that run critical segments of our infrastructure, such as banking, power, and transportation, to name a few. This plan, which is months in the making, is proving to not only create difficult negotiations with private companies which oppose additional government regulation, but has also raised many questions; some of the most notable are:

            -Should a business be required to tell the government if it’s been hacked and U.S. interests are at stake?

            -Can a person sue their bank or water treatment facility if said company has not taken reasonable steps to protect their customers?

            -If a private company’s systems are breached, should the government intervene and stop the attacks? Does the government flip the bill for this service?

While the waters of internet regulation appear to become increasingly muddy, one thing is clear: most any information put onto the web is at risk of being compromised. This is very important for people to recognize, as the days of identity theft, hacking, malware, and viruses are upon us.


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