What is Cybersecurity and why do we need it?

Since the internet began, the world has struggled to keep up. The internet expands to over 150 countries so, regulating all internet practices is difficult to say the least. Because the internet connects everyone all over the globe, it has also connected all business transactions. With one push of a button, you are able to purchase 500 camera lenses from Japan or purchase stock from AT&T. We are able to own a company in the United States and set up production and shipping in another country without having to be there if necessary. Sending orders, invoicing, shipping instructions, even design approval of a product can be done via email. The internet has opened up a line of communication and integration with other countries that is constantly growing.

Although, we have been given this incredible access to each other no matter where we may be, it has also left us vulnerable in many ways as well. “The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had.” (Singer & Friedman, 2014). This anarchy has shown itself through the growing cyberattacks on countries all over the world. This created a need to help protect all information and networks by developing a security system. Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks. These attacks are usually aimed at accessing, changing, or destroying sensitive information; extorting money from users; or interrupting normal business processes (Cisco). The need for cybersecurity came about because while the internet opened new doors for communication in business, it also opened new doors for people to steal information and use for their own gain. The amount of information available on the internet is astounding and the amount of security we now need to use in order to protect it is overwhelming.
Singer, P.W. & Friedman, Allan. (2014). Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What everyone Needs to Know. Oxford University Press
Cisco. What is Cybersecurity? retrieved from https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/security/what-is-cybersecurity.html