New threats and countermeasures in the digital world

It’s been a tough month for the internet. This past week’s global WannaCry ransomware attacks, last week’s Distributed Denial of Service attacks at the Federal Communications Commission’s website, and the spear phishing attacks through Google Docs three weeks ago have made the internet feel less safe. These attacks disrupted personal and business activities and, in some cases, put lives in danger with the attacks on hospitals. However, we continue to expect the networks that support the internet, the digital economy, and our digital lives to go on unaffected; this assumption has to be dropped to better defend oneself from cyber threats.