The advent of the Cyber Age and the increased connectivity it offers has proven enormously exciting and beneficial for our lives. However, with the advantages comes vast potential for evil and abuse. Edward Snowden’s revelations have shown us that governments are using cyberspace to infiltrate our lives, and many of us have been affected by cyber crime.

Now, in this important book, R. S. Tumber delves into the ramifications of the new interconnectivity and examines some of the danger areas, both present and future. The next frontier of cyber is the “Internet of Things”, in which objects such as cars, become integrated with cyberspace. Even outer space is not free of risk: a virus reportedly infiltrated the International Space Station, potentially damaging the on-board computer systems. Arguably, more frightening is the rise of killer robots, which are already under development. Though designed with good intentions, they could easily be hacked and turned against innocent civilians.

Innovations start out as opportunities, but threats seem to be evolving as quickly as the opportunities. So is risk being sufficiently calculated? Investment in security comes down to risk vs. reward. Innovations such as social networking, mobility, IT consumerisation and cloud computing, promise productivity and efficiency. But those same innovations increase the threat landscape. Security is a vital need for humanity, but so is personal privacy. How much privacy should be sacrificed for security? This is a vital question that should be continuously asked in this Cyber Age.

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