Cyberspace provides the environment for cyber operations. It has multiple meanings depending on context, beginning with its technical framework and extending to its business and social uses.
The technical framework includes the architectures and designs for the communications and processing protocols implemented today on over four billion computers. This technical framework is comprised of the global network of interconnected information technology infrastructures, telecommunications networks and computer processing systems.
Today's Internet has succeeded beyond its original concepts, and continues to evolve to incorporate improved designs, implement new services, support new classes of users including wireless and mobile devices, and satisfy a broader class of users.
Inherent in the many layers of technologies implemented by many commercial and open source developers are thousands of security vulnerabilities. New vulnerabilities are discovered at the same rate at which they can be patched, resulting in a fertile environment for a large population of threats for organizational and individual users of the Internet.
Cyberspace is a pervasive part of today's business strategies and provides email, web sites, e-commerce, business-to-business, video-conference, corporate research, cloud-services, and organizational presence in social media. Internet technologies are pervasive in office automation, back-office operations, infrastructure control, and systems management.
In today's culture, cyberspace is defined as a virtual world hosting the social media that are enabled by today's pervasive connectivity and mobile computing. Today's multi-media applications and friendly user interfaces provide a rich communication channel between real people, making it easier for ideas to be shared and empowering more people to affect and influence each other.