Our enemies are no longer nations and do not exist on a map but are non-state actors and unknown individuals. Look around you; who do you fear? Can you see a face, a uniform, a flag? No.
Yet, before breakfast in their pajamas, they can do more damage from their laptops than an intelligence agent can during a year in the field. Online organized crime doesn't know law and order, has a Wild West mentality, and is lawless. Anarchy.
While transparency became fashionable in democracies, the world is not more transparent now. Private Military Companies (PMC), Criminal-, and state-sponsored- Proxies fight wars. Today it's more opaque, in the shadows, and that's where we do battle. So, before you declare that irrelevant, ask yourselves, how safe you feel?