There's a cyberattack coming, and it's going to be a big one. Whether it's an attack on the power grid, air traffic control, the stock market, a weakness we haven't found yet, or all of the above, you can count on serious confusion and chaos to result.
Just so we're clear, I'm telling you this so you can prepare, not panic. That way when a digital Paul Revere starts yelling, "The hackers are coming! That hackers are coming!" you won't be taken by surprise.
First, let's talk about the scope of the problem. We've known for years that America's infrastructure isn't as robust as it should be.
A recent example of a massive cyberattack is when hackers shut down a number of popular websites like Amazon and Twitter. These outages were the result of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on the domain host company Dyn, which is part of the backbone of the internet. It works essentially as a middleman, directing requests to the right domains.
Shutting down websites is just the beginning. Imagine if attackers were to target something more necessary, like power grids.
That's why you need to be prepared for a major attack.