Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, has probably done what governments couldn’t do – making people realize about their cyber security and the extent to which their internet activities are being monitored. The internet privacy issues unmasked by Edward Snowden will go a long way in internet users taking measures to protect their data, their identity, and their anonymity. Even various countries have started beefing up their internet security and cyber security agencies.
In the wake of the NSA scandal and the growing concern of governments regarding cyber security of itself and its citizens, many different countries have decided to spend significant chunks of money to beef up their cyber security.
Here is the list of few countries that are spending money on improving their own ability to keep a safe check on internet traffic of their own citizens as well as those from around the world:
Germany – The Federal Intelligence Service of Germany called the Bundesnachrichtendienst, or BND for short, has decided to spend €100 million to improve its cyber security capabilities. Currently, the BND is monitoring just 5 percent of internet traffic while the German law allows up to 20 percent monitoring of internet traffic.
The improved cyber security capabilities will allow BND to increasingly monitor internet traffic from within Germany as well as internationally such as internet chats, VoiP internet calls, emails, and more. For this purpose, the BND is expected to recruit 100 additional members.
India – According to the NSA, India is the 5th most tracked country in the cyber space. To do some tracking of its own, India is planning to initiate a strong cyber security program costing £110 million. For this purpose, India is set to develop a new internet monitoring body by the name of National Cyber Coordination Centre (NCCC).
The NCCC will be a multi-agency centre that will monitor internet traffic from various quarters, compile it at a central location, and prepare analysis of cyber security threats and possible action measures.
Singapore – The small Far-Eastern country of Singapore has also decided to form a cyber security agency by the name of Cyber Security Lab. While the primary purpose for establishment of this Cyber Security Lab is to monitor public transportation, utility companies, and financial institutions, the new agency will also be working to provide insights, skills, and expertise to Singapore regarding cyber security and how to tackle modern cyber security issues.
So, What Should We Take Away From This?
The NSA PRISM scandal has opened up a new frontier for governments, cyber security intelligence agencies, and ordinary internet users. The increased concern about cyber security has been heightened along with the fear of being left behind in the cyber security race. Apart from the countries mentioned above, Israel and Iran have also been taking their own measures to beef up their cyber security agencies.
While an increasing number of governments are setting up their own intelligence agencies, ordinary internet users can take their own protective measures against cyber spying and cyber monitoring by getting a VPN account. After all, it is up to us to protect ourselves!