The rapid expansion of interconnected digital devices means critical infrastructures are becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyber attack, according to a new report from Europol, the European Union's law enforcement body and the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance, an advocacy group.
Wireless medical implants, drones, traffic management systems and even devices like Google glasses are all susceptible, according to the report — which outlines potential cyber threats during the next decade to individuals, institutions and governments.
The report calls for governments and businesses to move toward the adoption of international security standards that balance protection from cyber attack with individual expectations of privacy.
Noting the already hazy lines between certain legitimate and criminal online behaviors — such as spamming and legal online marketing — the report challenges legislators to “delineate the circumstances under which these activities may legitimately be conducted, and to ensure that as far as possible these measures are harmonized internationally.”
Read the full report HERE.