Should cyber-terrorism have a priority equal to the threat of infrastructure destruction?Should cyber-terrorism have a priority equal to the threat of infrastructure destruction?

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Yes, because our infrastructure is much easier to protect.  We have a massive military and two oceans to do that for us.  Cyberspace is continually vulnerable, and you have to constantly upgrade your security to protect against cyberattacks, which change in nature.  The next World War, God forbid there ever is one, will involve a great deal of cyberattacks, I believe, as they are very cheap and easy to launch, even for developing countries like Iran or North Korea.

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dano7744 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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Yes, I think that cyber terrorism should hold a priority equal to that of infrastructure, maybe even a higher priority. While both topics are important, experts agree that a large scale cyber terrorism attack could reek havoc on many vital U.S. interest's. The financial sector and markets are vulnerable to c.t. and the potential for widespread chaos is evident. Worldwide financial transactions are conducted on-line and are constantly being scrutinized by hackers who wish to do our economy harm. Additionally, all types of commerce could be manipulated and bring markets to a halt.

The state of our infrastructure is in dire need of repair with roads, bridges.tunnels, and even septic systems lacking in routine maintenance. Some authorities believe the infrastructure is on the verge of collapse. This would have a detrimental effect on our way of life and would be the catalyst for further civil unrest.

Failure to adequately address both issues will result in social ills that may be unrepairable.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I would say yes.  I say that largely because electronic stuff (the internet and computer networks in general) is as much of infrastructure nowadays as roads and bridges are.

That Richard Clarke guy has been talking about this a lot lately.  If you think about it, what he's saying makes sense.  He points out how all our financial records are just on computers.  Imagine if someone managed to change or destroy the records of some of the big banks in the US.  How would we know who had how much money?  How long would it take before people could buy and sell normally again?  It's pretty scary to think of.

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