We talk often about how to protect your company from cyberattacks, but the threat from cyberattacks are not limited to your home PC and your company's servers. Hackers are becoming more sophisticated and organized and are believed to now have to potential to take down national infrastructures.
A national cyberattack is a real threat for every country. The United States has recently brought worldwide awareness to this issue as their politicians, who are privy to classified intelligence about national security, spent the opening month of 2013 attempting to pass legislation aimed at preventing such an attack.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano believes a national attack on America's infrastructure is imminent and says that such an attack would be likened to a "cyber 9/11." She goes on to say that, "Attacks are coming all the time. They are coming from different sources, they take different forms. But they are increasing in seriousness and sophistication."
With the potential to cripple entire economies and the day-to-day operations of almost every service that people have grown dependent upon for their daily needs, a cyberattack on a national level can do major damage, to say the least. Systems vulnerable to major cyberattack include, power grids, transportation networks, water infrastructure, financial networks, and of course, the internet.
What can you do to keep yourself and your business safe from a national cyberattack? In regards to attacks on this large of a scale, there is not much that you can do. Governments across the world are scrambling to recruit more computer programmers to join militarized cyber defensive and offensive units, and legislators are trying to pass laws that will help prevent a national cyberemergency. In the past, these cyber security laws have been a tough sell because it grants more power to governments to have greater control over all of these vital infrastructures. However, politicians are continuing to raise public awareness and they are constantly working to pass legislation designed to prevent or mitigate the extent of the damage from a major cyberattck.
One step that you can take to protect yourself and your business from cyberattacks is to have your company's computer network secured and backed up. This will prevent a loss of data in the event of a national crisis, and keep your company's information out of the hands of terrorists. In the event that something major happens, it is also prudent to have emergency plans and kits in place. COMPANYNAME can help prepare your business for any worst-case scenario, starting with a free security scan on your network to educate you on your vulnerabilities. Call COMPANYNAME at PHONENUMBER to find out more.