Security is one of the life essentials of any human being; even though being completely safe is practically impossible, one still needs the guarantee from freak accidents. The same goes for cybersecurity. After cyberspace had evolved into a universe with its own rules and inhabitants, it became clear that the latter will need certain rules that will guarantee relative safety.
However, like in the real world, in virtual reality, safety remains something to strive for. Since every technological advance presupposes that not only the means for enhancing cybersecurity but also the means to break it is upgraded, the fight for cybersecurity is continuing, as Suffolk (2012) says; moreover, the programs providing security must be upgraded together with the ones that hack into the lives of Internet users (Hansen & Nissenbaum, 2009).
It should be mentioned that several strategies have been developed to provide security online. As Australian Government (2009) guaranteed, strong national leadership and shared, responsibilities are used as a basis for online security. However, the existing evidence also shows that hackers use the holes in the online security strategy quite efficiently.
The attacks conducted to bring the Indian banking sector down are quite impressive, Bamrara, Singh, and Bhatt (2013) explain. The rates of cybercrime in Ghana are also very impressive, according to the evidence provided by Boateng, Olumide, Isabalija & Budu (2011).
While it is clear that the possibility of establishing complete cybersecurity remains a very doubtful statement that needs further research, the effects of the given problem need to be clarified. Although it is clear that the lack of security within the realm of virtual reality will trigger a massive user outflow from the realm of cyberspace, the scale of the process, as well as its effects on the political, economical and financial aspects are unclear.
Daryabar, Dehghantanha, Udzir, Sani, Shamsuddin & Norouzizadeh (2013) help clarify the problem in a very detailed way. By offering their prospects of digital forensics development in the absence of online security, they make it clear that digital forensics might come to a halt. Biuevr. In his turn, Grauman views the problem through the global lens, making it clear that the lack of cybersecurity will become a major obstacle for the companies that are going global. The research conducted by the Ponemon Institute (2012) confirms these fears.
Nevertheless, an efficient solution to the specified problems can be found. As Sommer and Brown’s paper shows, the recent joint project of OECD and IFP was targeted at reducing the threat of online identity theft, as well as a disclosure of a user’s data. However, as it has been stressed above, the skills of hackers grow with the progress of technology (Georgia Tech, 2012).
Leukfeldt, Veenstra, & Stol (2013) consider the possible course of actions for the police to undertake to handle the problem of cybercrime. Finally, Kleiner, Nicholas, & Sullivan (2013) comment on the possible changes to be made to the existing cybersecurity policy.
With that being said, one must admit that the battle between the security providers and hackers will be going on forever, since with every new enhancement, due to the human factor, there will always be a loophole for hackers to use. However, the given process should not be viewed as something negative; on the contrary, the attempts of hackers often serve as a perfect means to spur the work of security providers. In the constant battle between good and evil, progress is being born.