Cyberspace is the new high ground of political, economic and military jocking for power. Sinister forces are loose.
Cybercrime has become increasingly serious problem - threatening even our global financial system and our systems of energy distribution.
Criminal organizations, adversaries (state and non-state actors) and individuals use AI - and in time will use AGI - to achieve their ends.
Careful consideration needs to be given to political, legal and technical means to combat cybercrime both nationally and internationally.
The boundary between cybercrime and cyberwarfare is not a clear boundary. The current methodology for combating cybercrime and cyberwar defensively has been referred to as
"patch and pray". Investigations of better methodoligies are underway. Human centered defence will not be possible when response times in milliseconds are required to be
successful and when stealth attacks employ methodoligies specifically designed as it were to be buried in mountains of data and constitute background noise not perceptable
by human senses in reasonable times.
More recently the implications of use of social media as a mechanism for sowing social and political division in the democracies has come to the fore.
The boundary line between defensive and offensive systems appears to be similarly grey given that successful defence requires successful intelligence about adversary
capabilities and the siting of adversary assets. It assumes the characteristic of guerilla war rather than a war of static front lines.
It is a conflict space with N-dimensions where civilian and military boundaries are blurred. Management of this new phenonomena and threat
is profoundly disturbing to traditional western values and norms and therefore one of the premier challenges of our times - particlarly
give the complexity and our relative levels of cyber-illiteracy.
To this we must add a complicating risk of solar flares - that could bring down power and our electronic based societies or accidently trigger a war.
"emerging new military capabilities—cyber, space, missile defense, long-range strike and (cutting through all) autonomous
systems—are increasing uncertainties associated with strategic stability." Source