With the recent rash of attacks on media, either through websites, DNS providers, or social media accounts, as well as the creation of a cyber security framework for critical infrastructure, GovInfoSecurity.com posted an interesting article contemplating media as critical infrastructure. The transport through which media content flows is surely considered critical infrastructure but the question of the content itself is up for grabs.
Thinking of the content as electricity would lead to many to conclude media is critical infrastructure. You have power plants producing electricity and the grid that distributes it to businesses and homes across the country. The power plant, electricity, and electric grid are surely considered critical infrastructure. Replace the power plant with media, electricity with content, and the grid with the Internet, and you have a pretty convincing case.
We have to be careful not to take the definition too far though as theoretically you could define almost anything, including this blog, as critical infrastructure. There is a line, perhaps in amount or percentage of people effected, that needs to be drawn when considering what is and what is not critical infrastructure. And like most things in life … you’ll only know it when you see it … and most likely in hindsight.
Should the news media – nytimes.com, Twitter, YouTube and the like – be considered part of the nation’s critical infrastructure?
The Department of Homeland Security defines critical infrastructure as the backbone of our nation’s economy, security and health: “Critical infrastructure are the assets, systems and networks, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety or any combination thereof.”
Would the incapacitation of mainstream and alternative media outlets as well as social media websites have a debilitating effect on the nation’s wellbeing? Indeed, it would.
So what do you think? Should media be considered critical infrastructure? Let us know in the comments below. Today’s post pic is from ZDNet.com. See ya!