Thursday, November 8, 2012

Cyber space of cyber environment

International Telecommunication Union (ITU) refers to cyber environment, when it defines cybersecurity, but it does not provide a definition for cyber environment. Cyber environment does not seem to be as used as Cyber space, which has more definitions.

Some online encyclopedias define cyber space as a virtual place for communication.

Cyberspace is the electronic medium of computer networks, in which online communication takes place. Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberspace
Cyberspace is the `place` where a telephone conversation appears to occur. Principia Cybernetica, http://pcp.lanl.gov/cybspace.html
A metaphor for describing the non-physical terrain created by computer systems. Online systems, for example, create a cyberspace within which people can communicate with one another (via e-mail), do research, or simply window shop.... Webopedia, http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/C/cyberspace.html
Cyberspace is a domain characterized by the use of electronics and the electromagnetic spectrum to store, modify, and exchange data via networked systems and associated physical infrastructures. In effect, cyberspace can be thought of as the interconnection of human beings through computers and telecommunication, without regard to physical geography. http://searchsoa.techtarget.com/definition/cyberspace

USA government and SearchSOA.com define cyberspace slightly wider:

What is cyberspace?
National Security Presidential Directive 54/Homeland Security Presidential Directive 23 (NSPD-54/HSPD­
23) defines cyberspace as the interdependent network of information technology infrastructures, and includes  the Internet, telecommunications networks, computer systems, and embedded processors and controllers in 
critical industries. Common usage of the term also refers to the virtual environment of information and interactions between people. http://www.whitehouse.gov/assets/documents/Cyberspace_Policy_Review_final.pdf
Cyberspace is a domain characterized by the use of electronics and the electromagnetic spectrum to store, modify, and exchange data via networked systems and associated physical infrastructures. In effect, cyberspace can be thought of as the interconnection of human beings through computers and telecommunication, without regard to physical geography. http://searchsoa.techtarget.com/definition/cyberspace 

 I would like to expand the concept wider than just interaction between human beings. For example, I would like to include the electricity infrastructure, stock exchange robots, online bot services under the definition of  cyber space.

Cyber space of cyber environment
I don't see a big difference between them. However I find space more wider and more suitable concept than just the environment.

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