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Cybersecurity: Playing Defense and Offense on the net and the Economy

In the early years of cyberattacks, organizations would wait to be attacked before they developed a thorough plan and reaction to the attacker. The attack would render the organizations’ network presence useless and down for days. Several reasons cyberattacks could severely cripple a network in the first days of this malicious behavior are not enough concentrated research on defending and preventing and the lack of a coordinated effort between private industry and the federal government.

Since the first well known and wide spread cyberattack in the mid-1990’s, many professionals in public areas and private organizations have diligently been studying and focusing on the problem of cyberattacks. Initially security companies like Norton, McAfee, Trend Micro, etc. approached the problem from a reactive posture. They knew hackers/malicious attackers were likely to strike. The goal of what’s now called Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) was to detect a malicious attacker before an anti-virus, Trojan horse, or worm was used to strike. If the attacker was able to strike the network, security professionals would dissect the code. Once the code was dissected, a reply or “fix” was put on the infected machine(s). The “fix” is now called a signature and they are consistently downloaded on the network as weekly updates to defend against known attacks. Although IDS is a wait and see posture, security professionals have gotten much more sophisticated in their approach also it continues to evolve within the arsenal.

Security professionals began looking at the problem from the preventive angle. This moved the cybersecurity industry from defensive to offensive mode. These were now troubleshooting how to prevent an attack on something or network. Based on this type of thinking, an Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) called Snort (2010) was soon introduced. Snort is a combination IDS and IPS open source software available for FREE download. Using IDS/IPS software like Snort allows security professionals to be proactive in the cybersecurity arena. Though IPS allows security professionals to play offense along with defense, they don’t rest on their laurels nor do they stop monitoring the work of malicious attackers which fuels creativity, imagination, and innovation. It also allows security professionals that defend the cyberworld to remain equal or one step ahead of attackers.

Cybersecurity also plays an offensive and defensive role in the economy. In its cybersecurity commercial, The University of Maryland University College (2012) states there will be “fifty-thousand jobs available in cybersecurity over the next a decade.” The institution has been running this commercial for a lot more than two years. When the commercial first began running they quoted thirty-thousand jobs. They have obviously adjusted the forecast higher based upon studies as well as the government and private industry identifying cybersecurity as a critical have to defend critical infrastructure.

Cybersecurity can play economic defense by protecting these jobs which deal with national security concerns and must remain the in america. The cybersecurity industry is driven by national security in the federal government realm and intellectual property (IP) in the private industry space. Many U.S. companies complain to the government about foreign countries hi-jacking their software ideas and inventions through state sponsored and organized crime hackers. Considering that foreign countries condone state sponsored national security and intellectual property attacks, it will be to the benefit of companies to find human capital within the shores of america to perform the duties and tasks needed.

On the offensive side, Cybersecurity can spur development and increase the skill sets of residents in counties like Prince George’s County, Maryland which sits in the epicenter of Cybersecurity for the state of Maryland and the country. audit cybersécurité Prince George’s Community College may be the home of Cyberwatch and the central hub for cybersecurity training and guidelines that gets pushed out to other community colleges which are part of the consortium. The goal of these community colleges would be to align the education wanted to students with skills that companies say are essential to be “workforce ready.” It is also a rich recruiting ground for tech companies across the country to identify and hire human capital to put on leading lines of the U.S. fight in cybersecurity. As Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski (2012) says, the students are trained to be “cyberwarriors” and in turn workforce ready.