Deterrence: n. unmotivating and/or frightening an animal(s) with a subset(s) which frequently is a punishment(s) and/or source of punishment(s)
How do you deter aggression, especially from a potential enemy? Historically greater military force and the certainty of punishing retaliation was the solution.
Today with the internet the source of cyber aggression can come from your own country internally and potentially take out a vital electrical grid which paralyzes as much as a third of the nation. Businesses are more vulnerable with internet access. How do you deter such actions with the certainty of punishment when the aggressor can be anywhere in the world?
In the case of a power grid takedown human intervention is necessary at vital switching points to monitor potential criminal software attacks and prevent them from jumping automatically to all other points of the grid. Decentralization of the power grid is vital to it’s survival during a cyber attack.
For businesses connected to the internet secured information storage not accessible from the internet cloud is vital. A secure storage bank of vital information must be kept in reserve free of Trojans, malware, viruses, etc. and a totally different secure backup system should be in place which can be activated if the ongoing system is compromised.
Is this technically possible? It’s not my job to know the answer but it is clear that systems must be devised which may lose a few minutes or hours or day of information transactions but maintain the secured integrity of most of the historical information stored. This way instead of your whole system going down only a fraction of a percent of the system will be lost due to software cyber intrusion.
Offspring are deterred by the threat of punishment and/or privilege removal and most criminals are also deterred by the almost certainty of punishment for criminal activity. Some humans are not deterred by anything and will give up their lives trying to promote their goal(s) so the certainty of deterrence is never 100% in the real world.
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