Imagine life in 15 to 30 years. With the fast emergent world of technology, crimes involving information technology in terrorism, no one really knows. What does the future of digital crimes and digital terrorism holds for us. There is huge impact on economics and society in employing information technologies in combating digital crimes and terrorism, also clarifying the remaining challenges law enforcement agencies within the U.S. face in respects to computer crimes, tactics to alleviate the challenges we face, how the federal organizations can arrange the determination to better protect the United States.
“The future of science and technology sounds so promising. Unprecedented advances in computing, robotics, artificial intelligence, genetics, neuroscience and biotechnology hold the potential to radically transform our world for the better and create mass abundance for all.” (Mark Goodman, CNN). Computers, Information Technology (IT), and the internet have transformed the world as we may know it. Not only has it changed the world, but it is a major part of our lives. Almost everything we do revolves around some sort of technology use. Technology has and will remain to have an influence on everything that is around us from the economy to society. Information Technology is being used in the conflict against digital crimes and digital terrorism. Because technology has opened our world to so much, there may be unforeseen concerns such as cyber-crimes and terrorism. For example, in 2008 terrorist assault on Mumbai, India. The offenders were equipped with AK-47s, explosives and hand grenades. This type of equipment is not new in terrorist operations. The toxic revolution was the way that the terrorists used up-to-date information communications technologies, which included smartphones, satellite imagery and night-vision goggles to localize extra victims and murder them. The terrorists in this case also used search engines throughout their attack to find hostages and to conclude, based on their backgrounds, who should be able to live and those who would have to ultimately die. These modernizations gave terrorists the ability to be aware of situations and a strategic advantage over the government and the police. India did not expect nor did they prepare for these strategies that were used after they understood they were being attacked. As a nation, we should be prepared for anything we could possibly encounter; whether it be criminals and/or terrorists. They have both have shown us what they are capable of. The can take their knowledge of technology and use it against the public. Everyone should help prepare for an attack including federal agencies and regular people. In the case that we are under attack again then the tactics they tried to use will be ineffective against us, thus, giving us the upper hand in these situations. Ultimately, others will less likely try to attack us.
When it comes to digital crime and terrorism many law enforcement agencies have to face challenges deal when these issues arise. Crime is always altering and policing must change also. Crime, in general, may have decreased in numbers but cyber-crime is increasing, even though the problem may be unknown at the time. Only about 10 percent of digital crimes are reported each year. For examples, banks find it less expensive to reimburse the victims and in return they avoid publicity about the failure to protect the system. However, there is a source for concern, in 2013 over a 10 hour period ATM machines lost $45 million, which is more than the total loss from all “traditional” bank robberies in the U.S. in any given year. Jurisdictional issues are always a difficult situation when dealing with incidents that happen millions of miles apart or in other jurisdictions. The FBI, and other federal agencies have restricted means that are used on the larger cases. Cyber-crimes that involve $500 or less are not even investigated by local police because of the jurisdictional issues. The approach I recommend the United States use to diminish these challenges will be making an intense rise in awareness of these issues by the public forces and the police. Local police agencies must classify roles for themselves, and elected officials need to find better ways of fighting cybercrime. We will perhaps need new laws to deal with the jurisdictional issues as well.
The federal government is unfortunately not able to give us total security all over the internet. The United States is an open, faultily networked nation that includes millions of citizens who conduct business and personal interactions on servers both foreign and domestic. Security vulnerabilities would still exist even if they could conduct server checks.
I have proposed ways the government can use to safeguard the nation against these digital crimes and terrorism. Initially, they should create an all-inclusive strategy. Even though this leaves the U.S. government the decision to make difficult choices in positions of what are and are not national level cyber belongings, based on a firm understanding of what America’s national interests and limitations are. The proper authorities should address and try to decrease digital exposures. Law enforcement and U.S. military should continue to combat everyday street crime, local and state law enforcement officers should lead in impeding threats to their own communities’ digital infrastructure. Secondly, we should conserve solid deterrents, this means the U.S. should maintain both obvious and concealed abilities to launch that the outcome will be carried out if the U.S. is seriously threatened. Finally, support public-private partnerships taken from an old relationship the government has long worked with private industries on digital infrastructure issues. Public-private partnerships have been the cornerstone of the digital age, the Department of Defense (DOD) may have established the foundation of the internet but it has been the private industry that harnessed and expanded it to become what it is today. Also they can further protect the government and military infrastructure by putting private firms’ abilities to use in the field of corporate and informational security.
I believe that crucial future trends in digital crime and digital terrorism is the adaptations of obstacles by the people and the knowledge we gain from adapting. They can become educated on the original and enhanced technology as it is available. An essential change to the operating system of our society has to occur in order to combat digital crime and terrorism. Citizens have to be thoroughly involve in all features of security. We have to act now and take hold of this important situation, so that we they do arise we will be well prepared to handle it.
In conclusion, there are so many concerns that need to be addressed as is relates to the future of digital crimes and digital terrorism. These issues have to be addressed if there will be a future in the cyber world. The impact of digital crimes, the challenges law enforcement agencies deal with in regards to digital crimes and terrorism, the fundamental manner the federal agencies can align to better protect the nation have all been discussed. I have also given my opinion on the future trends in digital crime and how we as a nation can overcome them. Now we know how to prepare for digital crime and/ or terrorism in the next 15-30 years to come.
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