Friday, May 4, 2018

The seed of cybersecurity

They say that everyone collects what they have planted. This could perfectly explain the cybersecurity situation that companies and personal are in. Cybersecurity lands are relatively new and dangers have come even before the harvest. As human beings, our learning is mistake based and it hasn’t been until now that we have met the dangers that are threatening our lands. Now it is our turn to work.  

It’s obvious that hackers aren’t going to stop until the attacks until they’ve reached their goals. Because of this, we should be working on protecting our information. Companies and people are being observed by hackers and danger awareness is a key in this learning process.  

Years ago, it was weird to see in a newspaper or in the news a piece about this subject. Attacks and information stealing were happening in a less cybernetic way. Nowadays, we find those news every day and, the consumer, as gaps are being shown in headlines, are more terrified about cyber-attacks, password administration, data security and private information. We are starting to be aware that our information is valuable and that it can get to the wrong hands.

In companies, the arrival of the GDPR (General Data Protection Rules for the European Union) has motivated and obliged companies to regulate their information. A lot of organizations are adopting the cloud as part of their IT strategy due to its benefits. Simplified administration, business agility and the fact that it is very cheap make the cloud an interesting choice for companies. When an organization chooses to start using cloud IT, the confidential data transfer is a complicate process.

When we talk about governments the situation is way similar to the last one. As Social Networks users we use and transfer information into them constantly. But, should governments use that information? A survey realized by Venafi to 512 security professionals that assisted to the RSA Conference 2018, the 70% of the surveyed said that governments should regulate and obtain personal information from social network companies in order to protect user privacy. On the other hand, users don’t trust governments when understanding this subject and treating their privacy. More than the 72% believe that government workers aren’t going to understand the threats they’re facing.

In London, police has developed a new initiative for cybersecurity in local companies. Cyber Griffin is how the initiative is called and it is based in three key points. Free risk evaluation, incident response and advice groups. This is really good work they’re making. 

Awareness is key. Understanding where our personal data can reach without us knowing about it can make us take actions. The world changes and so do cyber-attacks. We should take the first step. 


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