Written By: Emma Sturgis for TWB
Ever since the disarmaments brought upon the world powers after the Cold War, the world maintains a false sense of security. But the world is becoming more vulnerable as the internet expands its grip on the technology that is embedded within our government systems and our very lives.
Although we are much safer from a violence perspective, our privacy and wealth remain at risk. The integration of the internet into worldwide systems of finance and government has given highly trained individuals the ability to hack networks and take information that can potentially harm the whole nation.
The United States Mainframe is Dated
Unfortunately, the government tends to be the last sector to keep up with the latest technology. This gives hackers and other governments the ability to hack into sensitive systems and take information that is potentially harmful to the entire nation. The theft of intellectual property and creating computer malfunctions within government systems can decrease financial stability, release harmful information, disrupt public transportation, and cause physical harm to citizens.
The majority of systems have gone online because of the integration of cloud storage software. This adds to the levels of vulnerability that run rampant within the government systems. Government storing information online is left at risk because it is held by a third party company. Companies are in the business of acquiring capital and if another government offers a price high enough, they may have the ability to buy the information that is stored. Read more…