By Zaheema Iqbal & Muhammad Khurram Khan
Over the past few years, policymakers and experts have expressed their concern about increasing cyber threats to infrastructure, and deliberate attempts to infiltrate in the systems through illegal means to cause disruptions, theft, or damage the information assets. Experts believe the severity and number of cyber-attacks are subject to continuity and elevation over the years to come. The digital world possesses a unique trait of continuous transformation. The benefits of emerging digital technologies have already been substantial but always remain at risks of lurking cyber threats. Reports indicate that the cost of cybercrimes globally stood roughly at $3 trillion in 2015 and is estimated to increase by $6 trillion by the end of 2020. More than 75% of Fortune 500 companies have been subjugated to cyber-attacks already. For a cyber-secured environment, there is dire need of reliable and robust cybersecurity initiatives, underpinned by domain merited professionals.
About the author(s)
Zaheema Iqbal is a researcher at the Global Foundation for Cyber Studies and Research. She has completed M.Phil International Relations, from National Defence University. Her areas of interest are cyber warfare, cyber terrorism, cyber security, cyber threats and cyber vulnerabilities.
Muhammad Khurram Khan
Muhammad Khurram Khan is the Founder and CEO of the Global Foundation for Cyber Studies and Research. His research focuses on Cybersecurity from the policy, technology and academic perspectives. His detailed profile can be visited on his personal website at http://www.professorkhurram.com