When people think of cyber threats, they usually think of financial accounts being hacked. Unfortunately, there are much more dangerous threats that are possible through cyber strikes. Whether it’s a derailed train loaded with explosives or an affected power grid in a large city, these threats are not to be overlooked. With American lives on the line, the United States is making changes to how they will handle these threats. In other words, the cyber-strike force can find hackers who threaten Americans and will have the power to take them out.
You may be reading this and scoffing at the idea of a cyber threat doing much more than disrupting your internet access. This is because many people fail to realize how reliant Americans have become on technology and how much of that technology is reliant on computer systems and the internet. It’s not just your internet that could be affected. It could be a nuclear power plant that is attacked and goes into meltdown. It could a city water supply that is poisoned. It could even be satellites that are disrupted and prevent access to bank account funds. The damage could be small or it could be devastating. That’s why our country is preparing for the worst.
Our cyber-strike force is making changes that will allow the military to take defensive action when a threat that could kill Americans is detected. The President would still need to okay these actions, but it’s clear that we’re getting a better idea of how dangerous cyber threats could be. And, while those that attempt these attacks may think they are safe, the United States has the ability to track down attackers and hold them accountable.
It’s a scary world we live in. While technology has certainly made our lives easier, it has also opened a new way for our lives to be threatened. Do we rely too heavily on technology? Should some things continue to be protected by a physical staff, rather than digital passwords? Who knows. The simple truth is America needs to take its level of security into account when it comes to cyber technology. There should be multiple levels of security protecting the most dangerous areas. It’s only through serious protection that we can hope to protect the lives of Americans and this means taking cyber threats seriously. If we learned anything from September 11, it was that threats should never be ignored.