Rethinking Public Safety and Security in the Digital World
Global trade now rests in the hands of public and private entities alike that utilize massive IT infrastructure. In today’s society of interconnectedness and rapid-paced tech developments, it’s important for people and organizations to determine how safe the public is in the online world.
Information and communications technology (ICT) has great potential in keeping the public safe online. ICT refers to tech that allows for the exchange of information through various communication systems such as phones and the Internet. Multiple agencies can protect the public if they invest in ICT.
For one, law enforcement authorities can use ICT not only to gather data but also to analyze them as quickly as possible. The world population is only going to get bigger, which means more people connecting through social networks and on the Internet in general.
To efficiently detect criminal activities online, authorities must rely on smart and efficient systems. They must know how to break through hidden and encrypted networks of hackers and other cyber attackers. Likewise, it’s important for security agencies to work together. This includes sharing data and sharing the same objectives.
While government agencies and private entities might have good intentions, their actions must reflect those. People must have organizations they can rely on — and this is only possible if these institutions know what they’re dealing with.
Extensive knowledge about DDoS attacks, phishing, malware, and other forms of cyber attacks is necessary. Otherwise, they cannot create preventive security measures. Similarly, simple queries must be addressed. If they don’t even know why some people cannot connect to VPN on public wifi or why firewalls are essential, they’re doing the public a disservice.
Moreover, trends must be acknowledged. In 2020, it’s expected that the number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices will balloon to more than 25 billion. Before it reaches that, security agencies must already have the means to handle simple and complex digital threats.
Social Media and Real-Time Data
With more and more people being connected to the Internet, cybercriminals will have more targets. Authorities must remove information that can harm the public. Propaganda and fake news can have disastrous political effects in the long run.
Besides, there are incidents where strangers create social media accounts that imitate other people to ruin their image and scam others. It’s also easy for people to send questionable or dangerous links through Messenger and other messaging platforms.
Authorities need to look at the value of real-time data, especially on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Misinformation can spread quickly through hashtags and sponsored posts. They must build policies and programs that inform and protect the public online. Authorities should also look into the emotional reactions of people to uncover patterns of how cybercriminals behave in the digital sphere.
The Internet has changed how people across the world communicate and conduct their business. It has led to work efficiency and new areas for innovation. However, it’s up to everyone to make sure that the benefits far outweigh the harmful effects.