Around the globe, government organizations of every kind are experiencing sophisticated attacks they’ve never encountered before. Always one of the top targets of ideologues and more recently malevolent nation states, cyber terrorism can be done in relative anonymity from anywhere in the world. Data is a primary target today, although cyber operations (asymmetric warfare) have become increasingly more visible as a proxy for conventional warfare tactics.
Most government agencies in developed countries are beginning to understand the problem and are taking steps to counter it. However, slow moving organizations with constrained budgets are not reacting quickly enough to the new breed of cyber attacker. These hackers seek confidential and classified information on personnel, operations, acquisitions, programs, finances and policies. Nation state attackers and terrorist organizations seek to quietly establish “backdoors” and other clandestine access which they can use at a later time to inflict great harm.
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