It seems as though no matter what state of peace our world may be in, there is always a threat of an attack, lingering above our heads. While most of the attacks we might think of could be related to terrorists or warring affairs, many might not realize the vulnerability the United States has in the cyberworld too. Bills have been in production by the government to protect the national security through the cyberspace. Some say that if an attack were made through this form, the United States could face consequences and damages that would be comparable with Pearl Harbor. This is something that is hard to imagine for many reasons. First, Pearl Harbor was a physical place, with buildings, people and of course battleships and infrastructure. Second, the internet and cyberspace are only present in computerized devices, so would this mean that all electronics that were hacked would blow up?
In the article, , the author discusses the possibility of experiencing an attack via cyberspace. Believe it or not, the country could face detrimental consequences to our security it another attacked us. Many people do not realize that there are spies and corrupt workers inside of almsot every company. These criminals have access to some of the most powerful information in the world.
The bills being proposed do have many flaws and are, in a way, controversial and deny us of the sort of freedoms we have grown accustomed to. A rival Senate bill, sponsored by Sen. Joseph Lieberman, would instead mandate information sharing through government regulation. That bill is supported by President Obama, but most speakers at the conference thought it had little chance of passing. This bill has been said to be too lenient on privacy but too rigorous as well. It has been brought to the attention of many civil rights organizations and many others in the cyber community.
Another bill, although different from the one just mentioned also brings about its problems too. The bill would “create a cybersecurity exception to all privacy laws and allow companies to share the private and personal data they hold on their American customers with the government.” This one is directly in opposition to the privacy rights that have been in the American tradition for many decades.
It is scary to think what could possibly happen to our country is there was an attack on the internet. Once being a government monopoly, the Internet has taken on a life of its own and is occupied and managed by several different agencies and organizations. The United States needs to think of a security action soon before we face a cyberspace catastrophe. Once our information is available to everyone, if its not already, we will be completely stuck and let helpless. Many United States citizens rely on the Internet and have trust in the securities that are set on things such as their bank accounts, social security, and other important aspects of their lives. If we cannot hold our information in one of the systems that we believe to have the tightest of securities, what will we be left with?