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Citadel News Service
12 Sep 2016

Professor Shankar Banik in The Post and Courier

South Carolina remembers 9/11: 15 years later

As seen in The Post and Courier on Sept. 11, 2016 Dr. Shankar Banik, Cyber security professor at The Citadel

Our lives have changed in the physical and cyber worlds since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

In the physical world, we have become more concerned about controlling access through security checkpoints at sensitive places and continue to advance that technology.

In the cyber world, establishing that same level of control is arduous in such a rapidly evolving space without boundaries. Nations and enterprises must be relentless in the pursuit and growth of security systems protecting critical virtual infrastructures.

Additionally, in the 15 years since the attacks, social media has transformed the face of terrorism allowing the rapid spread of threats, videos and visual proof of violent events. The social media labyrinth makes regular people more vulnerable. Those sharing too much information across numerous platforms are at risk when that data is aggregated and used in sophisticated social engineering attacks.

On the other hand, this aggregated material also supplies valuable intelligence that helps predict terrorist activity and identify terrorists. Everyone should be aware that as we connect more devices to the internet, the surface area for possible attacks increases. Every individual needs to be a responsible cyber citizen and take collective measures to prevent a 9/11 in cyberspace.

Shankar M. Banik, Ph.D., graduate program director for Computer Science and network security researcher for The Citadel

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