What is a cyber attack and how can we avoid them? These are just some of the questions Professor Emeritus Bill Caelli AO answered at our recent Friends of the Library presentation at our Gold Coast Campus on 14 April.
There's no denying that in today's modern society we are dependent on technology. Email, smart phones, laptops and, of course, the Internet have changed day-to-day tasks astronomically. However, not many of us may not know just what happens when we "flick off" an email.
Professor Caelli, a founding Friends of the Library member, shared his insight into the threats of today’s technology and what this means for countries like Australia, New Zealand and Poland.
Presenting his book, Cyber security and small states, Professor Caelli spoke about cyber security on a global scale and how different governments are reacting to this growing threat.
Professor Caelli highlighted the reality of cyber warfare saying, "cyber weapons are as real as a fighter aircraft".
Perhaps one of the biggest challenges governments and private enterprise are facing is the speed in which technology is developing. Around the world each day new technologies are being discovered and produced.
Professor Caelli also spoke about strategies to avoid cyber attacks and their risks with education, training and investment all playing an important role. Professor Emeritus Caelli said, “Just like we hold military exercises we need to hold cyber exercises”.
It’s clear we have a challenge ahead, but Professor Caelli encouraged the audience saying, “We must learn how to evaluate risks so we can defend against the rising threat of cyber attacks.”
Two things were evident from Professor Caelli’s presentation, cyber attacks are not going away and education and training are key to tackling the global issue.