From thermostats and voice assistants to fitness trackers and toys, smart and internet-connected gadgets are now found in nearly every room of most homes. It’s tempting to try and save money on these devices by capitalizing on less expensive secondhand products sold by third-parties like eBay, Craigslist and even friends or family. But, you may want to think twice before doing this.
While the topic of cybersecurity has been at the forefront of the news cycle in recent months, the discussion has mainly focused on the federal government. But while interests of national security have great merit, we must not forget that cybersecurity has many layers. The systems we depend on for electricity, water, healthcare, transportation, finance and more, operate on connected systems that can become targets just as much as an email server or government network. A single devastating attack on our critical infrastructure can place all of these critical resources at risk.
According to a study by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, there will be a shortage of 1.8 million information security workers by 2022. With the increased specialization of security threats and the speed with which weaponized code and malware can adjust, there has never been a greater need for smart, dedicated professionals to join the frontlines of cybersecurity. It’s is a job for puzzle-solvers, quick-thinkers and those who love chasing down challenges. If any of those qualities resonate, then a career in cybersecurity might be for you. Here are a few tips on succeeding in the field.
IoT security has become one of those harrowing buzzwords over the past few years, as connected devices have gone from a seemingly innocent addition to increase convenience in your life to a potential avenue for attackers to steal or control your data. IoT shouldn’t be scary, what it should do is propel us to take a fundamentally different approach to cybersecurity to ensure this new form of data collection isn’t exposing us to risk or causing us harm.
For organizations implementing or enhancing cyber-security policies, the type of culture and technology changes required to prevent attacks can be a sensitive issue. The ideal scenario is one of partnership – where employees understand the rationale for policy and act as additional eyes and ears for the company – creating a unified defense against would-be attackers. Here are some key considerations when it comes to creating a culture of cybersecurity.
The internet has revolutionized the way we live our lives and has provided greater convenience and access to information, entertainment and services. But it seems that every week we hear about a new virus, cyber attack, or data-breach. Cyber-criminals are increasing the frequency and sophistication of their attacks on governments, businesses and individuals. They are after our personal information in order to use it against us or for profit.
As the author Bodie Thoene said, “What is right is often forgotten by what is convenient” and this is unfortunately often the case while going online. The National Cyber Security Alliance’s website - Stay Safe Online – is a thorough resource with guidance from online safety basics to resources to how to cyber secure yourself and your business and even delves further into how to report cybercrime. Ultimately, our online responsibility is up to us and here are a few tips to stay safe online: