Now not only the government, but also the citizens are calling for more cyber defense, and better and stronger computer systems. Obviously, this totally is appreciated by the lobbyists in the computer industry, and the cyber security software sector.
Perhaps you are as troubled as I am about the future of computer security? I recently, noted an article in Homeland Security News, one of many indeed, but it made me stop and think. The article was published on July 15, 2011 in the Cyber Business Section titled; “Recent deluge of cyber attacks results in record spending,” and it stated;
“The deluge of high profile cyber attacks on major corporations and government entities like the U.S. Senate, the CIA, and Sony has driven a sharp increase in demand for cyber security experts; in the first six months of this year alone, cyber attacks and data breaches have cost U.S. companies approximately $96 billion, nearly the total for 2010; analysts project 2011 to be the busiest year yet with an estimated $75.6 billion in cyber security spending, surpassing last year’s record $63 billion.”
Now then, how come the more we spend, the more attacks we get, and the more security systems we put up in defense, the more chinks in the armor the cyber hackers find? It seems to me that the hackers are just as smart as those designing the systems, and perhaps, even amongst the same group of friends as those designing the firewalls. It seems too bad that we have a game of immediate escalation, and maybe we need a new strategy.
Maybe what we need to do is change the game completely, go to a totally different system, and change everything around so that we prevent the types of cyber attack we’ve been having. Each time we spend more money, there seems to be more media about the cyber attacks, and it seems to be creating a feeding frenzy in Washington DC, as they spend our taxpayer’s money for more robust computer systems. One might also ask; why is the government collecting so much information, what do they need it for – and is it really helping their efficiency?