The FBI’s attempt to pressure Apple to access the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter has passed, and while it raised questions regarding privacy versus encryption for the general population, there is no doubt that enterprise and governments must continue to employ encryption and other cyber security measures to safeguard their information and assets.
These entities should implement cyber security measures to secure their state secrets, and intellectual property. It remains critical to prevent eavesdropping, espionage and proprietary data leakage, especially that we have seen the rise of cyber criminals offering hacking-as-a-service (HAAS) to the highest bidder and the proliferation of cyber-warfare by nation states against critical computer infrastructure of their target countries in support of terrorism, hacktivism, espionage, cyber crime and cyber war.
A lack of cyber security and the low levels of cyber immunity could cripple governments and countries following a debilitating attack on critical infrastructure including the oil & gas distribution systems, power grids, financial markets, air traffic controller’s networks, nuclear power plants, military drones and satellites. The current cyber threat now contains the most sophisticated, multi-channel, all avenue attack vectors and represents a clear-and-present danger to the most advanced economies and countries in the world. Such an attack could potentially destabilise the global economy.