Cyber Terrorism and Information Security

Contributed by Brett Pladna

Cyber terrorism is the wave of the future for terrorists and extremists. Besides physical attacks such as the bombing of U.S. Embassies and the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon in Washington D.C. and Shanksville, PA, terrorists have found a new way to cause destruction. Connection to the internet has added security risks because anyone can gain access to anything connected to it, unless there are security measures put in place to help prevent a breach. Taking a look at cyber terrorism in more detail gives a better idea of how to lessen the severity of attacks as well as prevent them. It is important to look at the background of cyber terrorism, what some organizations or individuals are doing to protect themselves and others, and what the U.S government is doing to help fight cyber terrorism.

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