Only you can keep Internet secure
– This article discusses a movement that many major corporations (Microsoft, Facebook, Google, AT&T, etc.) are beginning in an effort to make the internet more secure. Their goal is to educate the public on the importance of knowing the dangers of the lack of utter security in the cyber world. Their campaign promotes the slogan, “Stop-Think-Connect,” and they wish to incorporate it into new public education programs. Its purpose is to decrease the amount of cyber criminal activity, including identity theft which was estimated to cost about $4.5 billion in losses and has become the fastest growing crime in America.
– I plan to use this article as a support for Facebook as far as their privacy standards for their users since Facebook is at the forefront of the initiative and their chief security officer is quoted in the article.
Cybersecurity in the Private Sector
– This article discusses the current status of cybersecurity in relation to small corporations and people as individuals. It maps out what needs to be done to improve the level of security, but also explains what kind of issues we are faced with, such as government resistance and high cost. The author also explains how many companies, due to inadequate security, face the issue of security breaches and that rather than fight against the intrusions, they would rather absorb the losses so that they can protect their reputation as far as having tight security within their company. – I really only want to use this article as a background piece on private cybersecurity to support facts or quotes from my other sources.
U.S. Counts on the Cloud to Boost Cyber–Security
– This article gives insight towards the efforts that the military is making to increase cybersecurity via cloud computing. The NSA wants to move all of their databases over to cloud technology in order to save 30-50% of their IT budget and allow for their employees to focus more on enhancing cyberdefense instead of on operations of the databases.
– I want to use this article as a primary support on the NSA’s efforts towards cybersecurity, which is discussed in detail in the “Inside the Matrix” article in Wired about the building of the Utah Data Center.
Inside the Matrix (article in Wired)
– This article gives background, dangers, reasons for, and uses of the Utah Data Center that is being built by the NSA. The data center is enormous — more than five times the size of the US Capitol — and is intended to capture, store, and analyze information shared through the world’s telecommunications networks. It is estimated to cost $2 billion to construct and is targeted to open in September 2013. The servers will process private emails, cell phone calls, Google searches, and “personal data trails” like parking receipts, travel itineraries, and bookstore purchases. It is also meant for code-breaking for data pieces like financial information, stock transactions, business deals, foreign military and diplomatic secrets, legal documents, and confidential personal communications.
– This article is going to be really important in explaining the dangers of posting personal information on social media sites (to be specific to my topic) and shows how literally nothing that we put out in the internet will ever be lost or overlooked. Information on Facebook is not just dangerous for job seeking, as I discussed in my definition essay, it is constantly monitored by the government, giving a feeling of a “Big Brother” society.
Why Going Public Sucks (article in Wired)
– This article discusses the way in which Facebook is going to change the economy when it goes public this year, raising at least $5 billion and becoming the biggest Internet IPO in history. I have to sift through it and find highlights that will be most relevant to my paper, but it will definitely be an asset in showing how beneficial Facebook is for our current economy, which is also discussed in one of my first five sources that also talked about the financial predictions for Facebook becoming public.