Cybersecurity has filled the news headlines lately. As more and more large scale attacks occur against businesses and organizations, people worry more and more about protecting their information and their privacy. In fact, just this month Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that the government will invest around 180 million dollars into a new Cyber Security Strategy, with plans for 33 initiatives and hiring 100 IT specialists. That is quite a lot of money for cybersecurity. But for Australia, the money is worth it. In the last few years, different departments of the Australian government have been hard hit by cyberattacks, and Australia has to do something about that.
So while governments across the world, including the United States, are working to fight against cybercrime, the question remains: Is it possible to be fully protected in a digital world?
The Vulnerabilities of Being Human
While the world has gone digital, people are human and make mistakes. One recent news article highlighted the human component of data security vulnerabilities. The article says that in a digital world, people should be worried about more than just digital risks because there are still risks that come from just being human, like leaving sensitive information on a piece of paper sitting on a printer. That sort of data breach could be just as detrimental as a someone hacking your password if it allows them access to important information that is used in a criminal way. So in reality, everywhere, whether online or in your office, human beings are human; mistakes are made; people become criminals; things happen. Security is an issue whether someone is online or writing on their notepad. Both are susceptible to attacks, infringing on privacy and security.
Being Human in a Digital World
Because the world is digital, and human frailties have gone from paper to online, we need to be just as smart as always, while adopting to the new ways. Before when people wrote everything with paper and pen, they were careful to not leave important papers lying around. When businesses moved to computers, people had to learn to not save sensitive information in shared files or left on a desktop for a bad-actioned person to find. As the world continued to advance in the digital world, people need to focus on how to protect sensitive information. Password protection, software updates, IT management are all ways that we protect our information. So as we move forward into the cloud and other digital venues, we need to adopt and get smarter to protect ourselves from the vulnerabilities that come from simply being human.