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Cybersecurity: Will the rise of the internet bring more solutions or problems?

By Dane Avanzi *

In Brazil the global trend of internet access through mobile devices, mobile phones and tablets is gaining strength. The reason for this trend is the possibility of solving various everyday issues via the web, such as doing bank transactions, obtaining information and, of course, communicating for free, on social networks and applications such as What’s up, Viber, Skype and others.

According to information from Ibope from a survey commissioned by the Secretariat of Social Communication of the Presidency of the Republic, the number of people who reported accessing the internet by mobile grew by 65%, while access via computer fell from 84% to 71% in the last year. year.

Another interesting piece of research regarding mass communication is that although TV is still the main means of communication in Brazil, Brazilians with internet access already spend more time surfing the web (4:59 am / Monday to Friday) than watching TV. (4:31 am / Monday to Friday). In the hierarchy of communication media, the Internet already ranks third, behind radio and TV.

It turns out that, like everything else in life, the booming success of the internet also has its consequences and side effects. Among them we can highlight the number of web addicts, which has grown dramatically. A recent study in Hong Kong reveals that 6% of the world’s Internet users, about 420 million people, cannot disconnect from the network. For experts, Internet addiction is similar in both behavior and effect to drug addiction, with the root cause of both compulsions being hyperactivity or depression, among others.

Lack of privacy on the network is another difficult problem to solve. This issue, closely linked to information security on the network, is on the agenda of major internet players such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, among others. With recent leaks of confidential customer information from cyberatacks, such as Sony’s, the issue will certainly influence consumer confidence and the way they relate to the web.

Following the recent hacking onslaught on Sony Pictures, which leaked confidential information from directors and actors, the latest victim on the world stage was South Korea, which had its nuclear reactor plans subtracted. This is the fourth leak of confidential information from Korea Hydor & Nuclear Power.

It is noteworthy that this latest cyberatack takes place against the backdrop of the formal accusations between the United States and North Korea, blamed for the Sony Pictures attack, which would theoretically retaliate for a Kim Jong Un movie.

In an increasingly virtualized and globalized world, the concern of corporations and states with information security on the web will become increasingly relevant. In this context, the ITU – International Union Telecommunication, a UN agency specialized in the subject, also recently attacked earlier this month by hackers, held a meeting on 9th in Doha, especially to address the issue of Cyber ??Security on the Net.

According to ITU, web security will need to be built in a cooperative environment between nations and with the participation of all industries and all telecommunications sectors worldwide. The goals of the meeting were the promotion of strategies among governments to combat cybercriminals, implementation of efforts among telecommunications industries, universities and NGOs in the sector, as well as the debate on stimulating policies and awareness of a culture of web security in Worldwide.

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