It seems that cybersecurity is no longer a private matter in the US: the National Guard is getting involved. Does proper online protection now require not only security software, but trained soldiers as well?
The US National Guard has just completed a two-week training session, during which they simulated cyberattacks which affected the country's critical infrastructure. While this cyberdrill takes place every year, this time it holds a particular significance due to the intensity of recent attacks.
The training operation saw the first use of the Cyber-9 Line system. This is a list of questions that helps US officials to quickly describe and communicate the specifics of a cyberattack. It also speeds up the process of informing the affected areas.
With cyberattacks increasing in the US, the army had plenty of case-studies to use as inspiration for their realistic simulations. By analysing and understanding these attacks, the National Guard are preparing themselves for a better defense against future attacks.
While this may sound like just another army training operation, these drills show that online attacks and physical threats can be one and the same. An enemy no longer needs missiles or bombs to cripple a country's critical infrastructure. Hackers can do just as much damage online, as several recent cases have demonstrated.
Cyber security is no longer a private matter, but rather a geopolitical issue impacting states and nations on a grand scale.
While there is nothing that protects you completely from the fallout of state-level cyber attacks, you can at least minimize your own daily risks. Follow these simple steps to enhance your personal security:
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