At the end of this week we'll be launching our new site, and along with it, our new blog. They will be much better integrated than what we've got now, and we're implementing some things behind the scenes to ensure that we expand our social media presence and are continually sharing more of the great knowledge and experience our employees have with the community.As we prepare to re-launch, there's not a more appropriate way to close out our old blog and launch the new one than to provide some thoughts on the current state of affairs in international cyber security, with a special focus on the semantics of it all. I'll try not to rehash some things in depth since there are already thousands of articles on the Stuxnet virus, for example. Instead, I want to look at how these topics are covered and discussed, and how this informs the emerging opinions of such topics. The reason I think this is worth spending some time on is due to a few reasons:

  • It involves several topics that people are not generally well schooled in- international relations; cyber security; and law. For most people, years in school probably only included a handful for formal courses on these topics if any, and their knowledge of cyber security may be limited to just the time they got all those ads on their computer after opening the hilarious video their cousin sent them.
  • The field is important. While cyber war does not involve choosing to send Americans to die in a foreign land, it could relate to those decisions, and it does certainly place the country in a position where critical infrastructure and services vital to everyday Americans are in the crosshairs of attacks.
  • There is likely going to be a lot of tax money spent on this over the course of the next decade. What will we get for that?
  • Cyberwar is just one facet of international and national cyber security. It happens to be one that influences other cyber security discussions. Federal, state, and local laws which cover how you use a computer or what level of access the government has to your cell phone records are not cyberwar. However, if we believe we are at war are we more likely to support laws which may infringe on personal freedoms? If so, how does that impact the “general public” versus “the hackers?”

Over the next few weeks look for a few articles on the topics and trends in cyber security and privacy. The next will go up on Friday in conjunction with our new site launch. We look forward to a productive rest of 2013. Thanks for reading.

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