Cyberspace is a complex environment consisting of interactions between people, software, and services, supported by the worldwide distribution of information and communication technology (ICT) devices and networks. It is a space that exists within the scope of the Internet. It can be said that anything that is done via the use of the Internet, occurs within the cyber-space. Whether that is sending an e-mail, a website, or playing a game.
The term ‘cyberspace’ was first coined by William Gibson in his 1982 short story ‘Burning Chrome’ to refer to a computer-generated virtual reality. However, the term became popular in 1984, after its use in Gibson’s novel Neuromancer. The origin of the first term ‘cyber’ comes from the Greek word kybernetes, which means pilot, governor, and ruler. It is also related to ‘cyborg’, a term that describes a human-machine synthesis resulted from connecting the human body in advanced high-tech devices. Cyberspace strengthens almost every facet of the functions vital to society and even provides support for areas like critical infrastructure, economy, public safety, and national security. Various National governments aim at making a substantial contribution to secure cyberspace and they have different focus areas in the cyber ecosystem. In this context, the level of cybersecurity reached is the sum of all national and international measures.
Cyberspace and Cybersecurity
Time and again we have realized that cyberspace has inherent vulnerabilities due to the innumerable entry points into the internet. Cyberspace handles gigantic traffic volumes every second. Billions of emails and websites are being accessed every minute. Also, billions of dollars are electronically transferred around the world by banks every day. The intangible dimensions of cyberspace make it a bane to regulate the conventional laws. Electronic information has become the main target of cybercrime. It is also characterized by extreme mobility, which exceeds by far the mobility of persons, goods, or other services. In the commercial world, cyberspace is a place where global video conferencing takes place, collaborative projects occur where many of the key members may be in different geographical locations and other online tools and information systems, which hold massive amounts of information, are accessed daily all across the world.
Cybercrime is the latest and perhaps the most complicated problem in the cyber world. Some of the modern challenges a CIO faces include managing employee awareness of threats. It is also developing an effective cybersecurity program in line with the organization’s mission, managing risks and ensuring resilience in the organization’s information systems.
Cybersecurity is the protection of interconnected systems such as hardware, software, and data from cyber threats. The practice is used by individuals and enterprises to protect against illegal access to information. A strong cybersecurity strategy can provide a good security posture against malicious attacks. It is designed to access, alter, delete, destroy or extort an organization’s or user’s systems and sensitive data. It is also helpful in preventing attacks that aim to disable or disrupt a system’s or device’s operations.
Stay tuned for our next blog on 16th April 2021 to know how technology enables cyberspace and cybersecurity.
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