The connection between cyber and physical assets have been steadily growing over the past few decades. Important aspects of life such as finances, running water, health records, and the internet are all connected to cyberspace, so cyber attacks are posing an even greater risk than ever.
The threat of cyberwar is already here, as seen in Ukraine where 150 cyber attacks were launched in just the first 3 months of 2022. Hackers were able to disable more than 70 government websites and malware was found in Ukrainian government systems that could be triggered remotely. In March of 2022, there were more than 6 billion potential cyberattacks worldwide, all occurring in a single 24 hour period. 6% of these attacks targeted the United States.
With the United States being a potential target for cyber attacks, Americans are beginning to worry. 93% of Americans fear cyberwar against the US, and only 19% of Americans are totally confident that the American government could protect citizens against cyber attacks. Luckily, the US is one of the highest ranked cyber safe countries, coming in at 70% security.
Still, it is important for Americans to take necessary steps in case of cyber warfare. Americans should back up important documents offline as well as keep all devices and software updated. In case of a cyberattack that affects banking, it is important to keep cash reserves to use in emergencies. It is also a good idea to have a backup generator on hand as well as extra food and water storage. You can learn more about cyber warfare and steps to take to protect yourself in the infographic below: