There is no doubt that digital technologies – a complex mixture of the Internet, encryption, software, computers, and networks – and the new products they have spawned have brought enormous benefits to the quality of people’s business and personal lives.
However, cyber attacks against companies such as Solar Winds, Colonial Pipeline, and JBS, as well as ransomware extortion, ; It reveals just how dangerous it is to become enamored with technology and the returns it can bring.
These were only the introductions that Thomas P. Variant, author of “200 Years of American Financial Panic,” began his article in The Hill under the title “Five Steps to Save the Internet and Our Democracy.” Read also An American company pays to save fuel lines.. facts about ransomware attacks هجمات Russian hackers hack Apple and make fun of it.. Will the company implement their demands? An unprecedented wave of ransomware attacks invades dozens of American hospitals
Vartanian says that man has built a flawed cyberspace; So much so that we now live with the fear that water will stop flowing, electricity networks will collapse, ATMs will stop cashing out, and gas, meat and chips distributions will stop completely at any moment.
He adds that the private sector and the US government did not work to secure everything that is digital, as their choices were based on efficiency, the possibility of achieving profits, and the analysis of emerging risks and returns.
However, the risk/reward ratio is so variable that it cannot be expected. If individuals, companies, and countries cannot expect to ensure the privacy, security, and integrity of data from the platforms they use, they must stop using them. Vartanian considered it an option that only a few would accept.
The writer says that the specter of advanced artificial general intelligence and quantum computing – both of which may be dominated by China by 2030 – will steadily change the risk / reward ratio, perhaps not for the better in many cases.
It is possible that these advanced technologies will make everything digital vulnerable to more attacks by malicious technology users in the future.
Perhaps the most important warning signs in this regard are those contained in reports issued by the New York Cyber Task Force, the Cyberspace Committee (Solarium), and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace during the past 4 years.
And all these reports, according to the author, appealed to the authorities to take corrective measures before the country’s vital infrastructure collapses. The US administration did not follow up on the matter, leaving the cyberspace as similar to the Wild West; With the majority of people powerless and American companies disjointed and disjointed, they are aware of the risks but so concerned about information sharing that they are reluctant to allow the government to set the rules that define the digital path.
“In this case, both the government and the private sector are staring at each other, waiting for the other side to come out to solve the problems.”
5 urgent steps
Vartanian believes that the world is facing an existential danger with which it does not seem capable of giving it the attention it deserves; Inaction is no longer an option. In this context, the author of the article identifies 5 steps to be taken to reform the Internet, which are as follows:
1. Congress and President Joe Biden must realize that this is the issue of the hour, the real existential danger to civilization that may come upon us today, not 10 or 20 years from now. A person must be appointed to take responsibility for addressing the problem.
2- We have to agree that nothing of value should happen within a network that does not meet certain security standards today and in the future.
3- Computer equipment, encryption and software must meet the highest levels of security at all levels, and become the basis for an effective new Internet.
4- Any new Internet should be authorized and allowed, as is the case with other wireless communication networks. Any individual or organization that wants to use the Internet must meet standards similar to anti-money laundering laws, either you comply with the laws or lose your license, or lose your right to travel or worse.
5- A secure internet requires the presence of human and electronic police to monitor it and set clear standards for law enforcement, in the event of detecting suspicious activity in computers or servers or malicious act by people; Economic, political and military sanctions must be imposed on the person involved in the act.
The author concludes that Internet security requires more than a technological environment. It requires leadership and the rule of law based on responsibility for digital behavior. If the United States does not take the lead in forming a coalition of nations that takes these steps now – and it has the economic weight to do so – it may be too late by the end of the decade.