Today, it’s almost impossible to have a normal routine that doesn’t depend on several online accounts. From Facebook to forums, from LinkedIn in to online banking, our globalized world is growing ever more dependent on the internet to stay connected and with October being National Cyber Security Awareness Month, it’s time to take a critical look at how people protect their online data.
With the rise of big-name bugs that made headlines within the past year: Heartbleed, Shellshock, and Poodle, cyber security has become a much more visible issue for both individuals and companies. But hacker’s aren’t limited to software exploits to further their nefarious agenda. In 2014, the second most common cause of data breaches was social engineering—using deception and fraud to trick users into revealing passwords and other sensitive data.
As famous computer hacker Kevin Mitnick put it,
Companies spend millions of dollars on firewalls and secure access devices, and it’s money wasted because none of these measures address the weakest link in the security chain: the people who use, administer and operate computer systems.