Kyle A. suggested I write an article about Cyber Security and Telecoms. It is certainly a timely request. The last several weeks have seen the WannaCry ransomware affecting innumerable computers. Estimates vary, but it seems probable that more than 100,000 computers around the world were affected.
Beyond this specific attack, there are no reliable estimates of the number of attacks or victims of cyber attacks. Attackers don’t seem to be advertising their successes. Often victims, especially companies, are reluctant to admit to being hacked or attacked. The potential for negative publicity deters them. This reticence may benefit the attacker.
If a better understanding of the magnitude of the problem was widely known, a greater will to confront it and solve it might exist. It is clear that cyber attacks represent an uncontrolled risk. One that, anecdotally, seems to be growing. This risk is to everyone, not simply specific groups of users. It is this uncontrolled risk that must be addressed. Continue reading “Is Network Security Impossible?”