Thanks to technology and the Internet, the world now seems much smaller than it’s ever been before. We are able to see how our friends and family live their lives by seeing the weather patterns in their area, even if they live thousands of miles away. Though these are great innovations that have undoubtedly made life better people people around the globe, they have given criminals a new outlet to perpetrate their crimes.
Because of the international nature of some of the cyberattacks that have been committed in the past few years, this is not an issue that should rest on the shoulders of one country or continent. Cybercrime is a global concern and should be handled by countries working together.
Attack the game, not the player
There have been so many high-profile cyberattacks in the past few years that it’s almost hard to recount them all without using a master list. And while it is good to track down these individuals who hack into secure servers and release information over which they have no ownership, it won’t necessarily prevent other people from picking up where they leave off. The only way agencies have any chance of putting a stop to this kind of crime is to take down whole organizations and the system through which they conduct their attacks, rather than focusing on single players in the game.
According to the BBC, agencies all over the world are starting to compromise the servers and computers that these criminals use instead of arresting single criminals. By cutting off access to their servers and taking away certain permissions, governments force these organizations to work much harder (and potentially pay more money) to fix the problems. Any added frustration that makes it difficult for these operations to work smoothly is a win for the global tech landscape.
Since these crimes are taking place on an international stage, agencies from across the world are coming together to combat these criminals. SC Magazine reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Crime Agency and Europol are calling for international intervention to help prevent cybercrime. With access to each other’s information, these organizations have the chance to take down big tech-crime organizations. The only way to have a chance is to pool the given resources and work together.
Because there are still so many risks, companies should back up their servers to online or cloud databases to ensure that a data breach will not disrupt business any more than it has to.