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Cyberattacks becoming the new norm in computer industry

By Andrew Moran     Mar 4, 2013 in Technology
Tel Aviv - Large-scale computer hacking is a sign of the times and major companies and the government is doing something about it. With the help of Cyber Defense Companies,and governments are getting the protection needed to navigate the global online world.
Cyvera Ltd. is a defense company that claims to “block attacks by obstruction and deception of the attacker”. The company, based in Tel-Aviv, Israel, relies on a team of researchers with a unique background of attacker perspectives as well as experts from the academy who published articles on the subject.
According to United States Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, reports Reuters, “U.S. computer networks remain vulnerable to cyber- attacks, and many U.S. companies are not doing enough to protect them.”
How important is protection against hackers according to the U.S. Government? In 2009, President Obama appointed a computer czar to the White House and announced that the government’s computer infrastructure would be considered "a strategic national asset.” Americans don’t have to search far for stories about hacking big and small. It’s just what governments and consumers consider new territory in the new age of computer technology.
What concerns American consumers most regarding Internet hacking and crime? According to the Pew Research Center, 50 percent of Americans most feared pornography and only five percent feared hacking against the government. The next great concern for Americans is identity theft. Also, the center reports that “87 percent of all Americans are concerned about credit fraud online and 69 percent are very concerned.”
According to Cyvera, one of the greatest effects of cyber attacks are the fear of the users.
"The Internet age has brought us unprecedented access to resources, openness and sharing capabilities. These can and should be used for business growth and to accelerate development. However, threats from cyberattacks are inhibiting our access to knowledge and resources utilization and often put fear in the seat of our business operation.”
Due to the failure of cybersecurity legislation to pass on Capitol Hill in 2012, the Obama administration’s goal to protect vital networks will have to wait. Yet, the Pentagon announced in January that it has “approved a major expansion of its cyber-security force over the next several years, increasing its size five-fold to bolster the nation’s ability to defend critical computer systems and conduct offensive computer operations against foreign adversaries, according to U.S. officials.”
The plan by the Pentagon “requested by the head of the Defense Department’s Cyber Command, is part of an effort to turn an organization that has focused largely on defensive measures into the equivalent of an Internet-era fighting force. Cyber attacks and protection is now the world we live in."
Perhaps Cyvera’s mission statement informs the times. The company asserts, “know your enemy gets a new meaning when it comes to Cyber defense. In the cyber world, where the enemies are numerous and the attack vectors are endless, it is almost impossible to become intimately aware of every potential enemy. At Cyvera we continually strive to identify, research, control and even create new meta-attack techniques."
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