Cyberspace is the 21st century’s greatest ee of change. And it’s everywhere. Telecommunications, commercial and financial systems, government operations, food production – virtually every aspect of global civilization now depends on interconnected cyber systems to operate; systems that have helped advance medicine, streamline everyday commerce, and so much more.
Which makes keeping these systems safe from threat one of the most pressing problems we face.
There are billions of Internet users connected to one another, and every minute, these parties create mind-boggling amounts of new information and data. Yet because cyberspace is so vast, flexible, and unregulated (and because it grows in leaps and bounds every year), all these users are highly vulnerable to dangers from cyber criminals, rogue nation-states, and other outside forces.
Just how important an issue is cybersecurity Consider these points:
Every minute, individuals and organizations hack multiple websites around the world.
Each year, experts discover millions of new pieces of malware designed to illegally tamper with computer systems.
Yearly, cyber c leads to astounding global monetary losses of billions and billions of dollars.
In just a single year, millions of people will find themselves the victims of cyber identity fraud.
Public policymakers and technology experts agree: Cybersecurity and the issues associated with it will affect everyone on the planet in some way. That means the more you know about this hot-button topic, the better prepared you’ll be to protect yourself, to weigh in on the political and ethical issues involved, and to understand new threats (and new solutions) as they emerge.
Thinking about Cybersecurity: From Cyber C to Cyber Warfare is your guide to understanding the intricate nature of this pressing subject. Delivered by cybersecurity expert and professor Paul Rosenzweig of The George Washington University Law School, these 18 engaging lectures will open your eyes to the structure of the Internet, the unique dangers it breeds, and the ways we’re learning how to understand, manage, and reduce these dangers. Combining an expert lecturer with a fascinating topic, this course is a riveting learning experience that immerses you in the invisible world of codes, computer viruses, and digital espionage, and offers an enthralling look at the high-stakes battles of tomorrow.
Explore the Range of Cyber Threats Out There
Thinking about Cybersecurity is laid out in a clear, systematic fashion so that you never feel overwhelmed by a topic that can seem mindboggling. Professor Rosenzweig starts by giving you a solid foundation of how the Internet and cyberspace are built, why cyber systems work the way they do, and how technical experts and scientists have attempted to “map” them out.
From there, you’ll take a comprehensive look at the different types of viruses and vulnerabilities infecting the cyber domain and interfering with both technology and the real aspects of life that technology supports. You’ll explore an entire cyber arsenal of threats both large and small, including:
spiders, automated programs that crawl around the Internet and harvest personal data;
keystroke loggers, programs that actually capture the keystrokes entered on a computer’s keyboard; and
advanced persistent threats, which intrude into computer systems for long periods of and make computers vulnerable to continuous monitoring.
And those are only a few. Using case studies drawn straight from contemporary headlines, Professor Rosenzweig gives you a solid grasp of who in cyberspace is using these and other weapons – individual hackers, “hacktivists,” c syndicates, and, increasingly, large nations – and what their motivations are for doing so.
Probe Intriguing Cybersecurity Issues
While we can never completely protect cyberspace from thre