Cyber War: The Next Generation of Warfare

Only hours before Russian troops invaded Ukraine in 2022, new malware designed to wipe data hit the country, sparking questions and rumors regarding cyber warfare and its dangerous potential. Over 150 cyberattacks were launched against Ukraine at the beginning of 2022, including the disabling of government websites, and triggering the defenses of other countries around the world. On a global scale, there were more than 6 billion potential cyberattacks in a single 24-hour period, further emphasizing the severity of these attacks.

The most targeted countries are Russia, Ukraine, and the US, however, experts say that Ukraine is being used as a testing ground because of its similarities to western infrastructure but with limited resources for counter-attacks. The sheer frequency of attacks has only increased over time, and involved nations are working hard to contain the attacks, although they are unlikely to stay within borders. Cyberattacks can have both physical and digital consequences, both of which have only been heightened by the pandemic and increased internet usage.
Cyberattacks are more isolated events, while full-blown cyber war can have impacts on the scale of a natural disaster. Both, however, have instilled fear amongst American citizens, as 93% report fearing cyberwarfare against the US. Fortunately, there are many courses of action that people can take to prepare for and protect themselves from cyberwar. Updating software, backing up documents, changing passwords, storing cash, and installing generators are only a few of the several ways that cyberwar can be combated in our everyday lives. The borders of the battlefield are blurred, but a strong defense and preventative methods can be key to a safe digital future.

Next Gen Cyber Warfare
Adam Hansen