- What is the name of your pet?
- What was the name of your high school?
- Where were you born?
A few minutes snooping around your social media can provide a cyber criminal with all the information they need to retrieve your login credentials and empty your accounts.
Better yet, your bank accounts are protected by a 4 digit code which can be memorized by an eagle eye passer by when using an ATM and your bank card stolen from your wallet during a momentary lapse of vigilance out in public.
Are our current security measures for the fundamental applications we use on a daily basis really enough? Should we be looking into stronger measures? Could using biometrics over passwords and retina scanners in public be the next step?
No one person, organization or government is immune to attack. The fact that we are online and using applications on a daily basis means we are all always at risk.
Some industries have been leading the way in terms of application security such as the financial sector. The risks of a successful attack far outweigh the level of investment in security and precaution. Financial institutions are known to invest heavily in security at all levels.
Losing data means losing money.
Losing money means losing power.
The healthcare industry has been slower to react to the rising threats of cyber attack. With already limited budgets for patient wellbeing and healthcare globally, investment in cybersecurity has not been sufficient enough to stave off attacks. Take the recent global ransomware attack which claimed the NHS in the UK as its highest profile victims. Questions were asked of how secure their infrastructure was after tens of thousands of computer’s access were blocked, operations being cancelled and patient records made unavailable.
Such software being used in a global attack as mentioned above had been stolen from the National Security Agency (NSA) in the US.
Elephant in the room time…
Why has protection against this level of technology and cyber attack not been provided to the general public or at least government entities such as the health services?
The software used in the attack exploited vulnerabilities Windows systems. Microsoft released a software patch shortly after which solved the problem. It was as simple as that. Why haven’t global security authorities been working with software developers to ensure the public’s data and livelihoods stay safe? Would this partnership impact the equilibrium of good vs evil resulting in lower profits for software companies hired to fix these issues?
Cybercriminals hacking for personal gain (usually financial), hacktavists attacking to spread a message or governments attacking other nations to gather information and spy – It’s happening all around us by those we least expect.
The majority of us have all fallen victim to some form of attack through a weakness exploited in the security of the applications we rely on. Maybe the level of which we rely on these applications and the amount of sensitive data we insert has caused this rise in attacks over the past 2 decades.
Everything we now do is online and done through an application. Are we to blame for attracting such high levels of cybercrime?
What ever happens, we can be sure to see significant developments in how we use applications and the security behind them over the coming years.
What are your thoughts on what was, what’s happening and what could be?