Digital era creates opportunity, breeds threat

From Russia accused of pulling off the biggest election hack in US history to former NSA contractor Harold Martin accused of stealing US hacking tools that have recently been put up for sale online and suspected of hoarding two decades’ worth of classified materials – more than 50 terabytes of information – the digital era sometimes appears more like a threat to global security than like an opportunity for global economy.

As everyone has got more and more connected – from broadband internet to smartphones – one has been granted access to an ever-growing amount of data with which one can either get well in touch with ongoing developments or be extensively misinformed. Stressing on the “threat side”, recent hackings into what should the world’s most secure networks have been further evidence that the digital world has somehow made sensitive information easier to steal and has put both our national security and personal data at high risk.

From well-organized online propaganda that ratchets up tensions so much that some even talked about a third world war about to break out to classified intelligence circulating within the web underground, a deep thinking of how people and States should behave in the new digital era seems necessary. Any major digital disruption at this period of our History can now potentially threaten national security, the economy or anyone’s personal life or professional career.