Governments, businesses and individuals must rely upon private communications and safely stored data every day. When major hacking attempts prove successful or top-secret government documents are leaked to the press, both national security concerns and normal ways of conducting business are greatly compromised. Furthermore, economic chaos tends to rapidly spread around the globe as businesses must confront the fallout from being unable to offer their customers safe and secure transactions.

For these and other reasons, journalists in 2013 began focusing upon cybersecurity stories more than ever before.  It’s clearly becoming evident that these types of stories will require comprehensive coverage for decades to come. In fact, our nation is becoming much more dependent upon cybersecurity professionals every day — for they alone can truly help guard the privacy of all government affairs and the most critical aspects of our private lives.

Here’s a brief review of several major 2013 stories that are now prompting so many major news outlets to offer regular coverage of various cybersecurity topics as America’s numerous Internet and data storage vulnerabilities keep coming to light.

The Types of Cybersecurity News Stories Requiring Long-Term Coverage

  • The Edward Snowden affair. Regardless of whether you view this man as the hero for those who deeply resent our government’s apparent eavesdropping on its own citizens — or resent the fact that he’s played a personal role in damaging our country’s credibility abroad by revealing top-secret information — the way his story plays out will affect many future realities.  As you may recall, this is the young man who managed to parlay a very shaky academic start into eventually working for the NSA (National Security Agency) through subcontractor Booz Allen. Snowden claims he suddenly became upset when he discovered what he viewed as our government conducting improper spying activities against its own citizens. As Snowden himself put it, “I can’t in good conscience allow the U.S. government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building . . .” Yet he didn’t stop there.  “He [also] revealed the extent and methods of U. S. eavesdropping in China, British surveillance of South African and Turkish officials [and] NSA snooping aimed at various foreign leaders . . .”  While his final fate is not yet known, the types of privacy invasions he created will continue to remind our government for many years to come to think twice about how it conducts surveillances and the way it chooses workers allowed to access our country’s most vital secrets;
  • The database thefts of millions of American consumers’ credit card and banking information. Private enterprise companies remain perplexed after so many of them – including Target, Neiman Marcus and many others — saw their customers’ critical credit information stolen both before and during the 2013 holiday season. Ongoing efforts must be made to try and find payment methods that are immune to such hacking efforts. Of course, common sense says that new types of hacking attempts will remain a permanent source of concern for both businesses and consumers alike for many years to come;
  • The splintering apart of the Internet. Even before Edward Snowden made other countries more aware of how America allegedly eavesdrops on a number of world leaders, highly authoritarian and controlling foreign governments were already searching for new ways to better protect their Internet and database systems so that outside countries like America and others can’s successfully hack into them. 

We now face a much greater likelihood that the World Wide Web may soon become constricted into many separate, regional Internet service programs. Germany, China, Brazil, and India are just some of the countries now pondering such a decision. The implications for global relationships – both governmental and interpersonal — are quite profound and will likely be very counterproductive to maintaining peaceful interactions between all world governments and their citizens.

These are just the three of the numerous cybersecurity concerns that will require constant media coverage for many years to come.