Saturday, September 20, 2014

Never take hasty decisions

"I quit, I quit, I quit!!" If someone makes you believe that you have what you don't have, it's easy to take hasty decisions. As Geoffrey, the servant in the famous series 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air', when Will Smith and Carlton Banks make him think he's won the lottery, in one of his most memorable scenes.

In this digital age... How you'd steal someone? The easiest way to your goal is that this one is confident, someone who believes that his goods are inaccessible, someone who thinks he's safe enough. If you succeed, maybe he sidetracks its backdoors and allows a stranger to know you like the back of the hand. That applies to any consumer at any store that suffer the attack of a specific malware (such as the recent case Home Depot), and also applies for a government contractor. Up to 50 companies, according to a US Senate report, have been breached in the last year by Chinese hackers, who would have had access to countless data and sensitive information.

There are industries where hasty decisions is the worst enemy, eg Health. If we add the growing risks from the introduction of technology, and stealing Health Big Data is very tasty, we have an explosive cocktail. In recent days was held the National Health IT Week. The popular blog We Live Security takes note of this and proposes to address the subject from the view of risk assessment, based on a simple question: if you go to cross a street, can you trust that cars will obey traffic lights?

The most widespread advice if you win the lottery is to keep it a secret a while, not to shout it from the hills. And if you're going to say it, make sure your identity is not the talk of the town. Maybe someday we'll see social network for those who have secrets of lottery winnings, but for now what is seen is a social network for "leakers and whistleblowers". That is, let's say, for people like Assange and Snowden, among others. A network place which is intended to provide reliable information without revealing the identity of the broadcaster.

In any case, lottery or not, there are always those who just say goodbye. The giant Microsoft axes its Trustworthy Computing group, over 10 years after its launch thanks to some thoughts of Bill Gates, who set the objectives of the company on three pillars: security, privacy and reliability. We are in the post-PC era, and Microsoft believes the program has ceased to be valid.

And what would you do if you won the lottery? Would you say "I quit, I quit, I quit", or would you choose to pitch in the fight against cybercrime? Meanwhile, make the most of this weekend. You may not get rich ... but at least you'll be happier.


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