Americans should get more serious about cybersecurity. The United States is extraordinarily vulnerable to cyber attacks from others enemy nations and even individual hackers.
Representatives from the federal government, cybersecurity firms, and private investors say that nowadays specific software has made it easy for even the smallest countries or even individual hackers, to carry out dangerous cyber attacks.
Hackers can quickly and cheaply buy tools with relatively simple graphical interfaces on the Dark Web. “There’s a very low barrier to entry for anyone who wants to do malicious things.”, our CEO said.
For example, even the smallest hackers can now carry out coordinated shutdowns of things like 911 call centers by hitting them with overwhelming phone calls.
Companies and individual people must take certain precautions; they should implement at least a cybersecurity solution, like an antivirus, to protect their systems. Necessary things like regularly updating operating systems, using antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac, and two-factor authentication must be done mandatory by everyone. Companies must also hire professional cybersecurity firms to do regular checkups to their internal network a couple of times per year. These checkups must always include a penetration test and various ethical hacking tests.
Even if everyone used all of this cybersecurity measures, they would still be vulnerable to between 10% and 20% of cyber attacks.
We must never forget that Mirai Botnet brought networks down all across the U.S.. The most significant cybersecurity concern is that this malware is still evolving and it will soon be able to hit with 2 TB/second, or 3 TB/second, in that case, no one has a way to protect against that. A cyber attack on this scale would make any cybersecurity solution irrelevant, at this moment there is no way to protect against such thing.
We must develop robust cybersecurity solutions to be prepared because it will happen in the next two to three years.
The United States has the supremacy when it comes to the nuclear race; the U.S. always relied on the concept of mutually-assured-destruction to avoid catastrophe. When it comes to conventional warfare, there are only a few countries that can withstand American military might; this means that the U.S. has the upper hand when it comes to this two ways of going to war.
But in cyberwarfare, the things are not in our favor at all because at any given time any country can launch a cyber attack against us.
For example, Russia has too many ways to retaliate against U.S. counterpunches—such as shutting off natural gas supplies.
For the moment there are too many vast networks all over the U.S. that are in need of various cybersecurity checkups like penetration testing or ethical hacking tests, and the things don’t stop here many of the entry points in this networks are left unprotected. In our opinion, every network entry point must be protected by at least a substantial cybersecurity solution line an antivirus.