Cyber-attacks are bigger, bolder and more global than ever before. As the world continues to go online (Google expects everyone in the world to have internet access by 2020) the “attack surface” continues to expand:
- The biggest bank robberies are now digital (e.g. the recent $ 81 million cyber heist in Bangladesh);
- Potentially greater harm can be inflicted thousands of miles away to physical infrastructure (e.g. the Shamoon virus in the Oil and Gas industry);
- State sponsored cyber-weapons are now a very real threat to our various blends of Liberal Democracy – from espionage (e.g. Russian hacks into the Democratic Party computer system) to the digital age equivalent of a missile strike (e.g. Estonia DDoS and Stuxnet).
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