Many people don’t give a second thought to cyber security, assuming it’s something best left to the experts, or that online security concerns are something corporate IT departments handle.
The unfortunate truth is that cyber attacks can occur on the devices you use every day, including mobile phones, tablets, and smart home devices like Alexa and Google Home.
At its simplest, cybersecurity is the act of protecting computers, servers, mobile devices, networks, and data from malicious attacks.
The attacks that can occur include:
Cyber security at work
A lot of these behaviors carry over to the office. Though you likely have an IT department that has security measures in place, make sure you:
are careful when using email because this is where phishing attacks happen
avoid forwarding emails that could be mistaken for a phishing attack
What’s next for cyber security?
Unfortunately, as technology becomes more ingrained in our lives, new threats to our cybersecurity will follow.
Experts see risks in the growing fields of AI, robotics, and 3-D printing as this so-called 4IR (Fourth Industrial Revolution) fuses physical, digital, and biological technologies, leaving our most personal data vulnerable.
How can I stay ahead of cyber security threats?
New types of attacks
- “Cryptojacking” is the illicit use of someone else’s computer to mine cryptocurrency; by working in the background, this causes lagging computer performance
- “Cryptocurrency ecosystem attacks” thwart transactions in a blockchain
- “Software subversion” is the exploitation of software flaws
New security measures
Identity solutions moving to the cloud
- Two-factor authentication for mobile devices
- Higher standards of excellence in data security for consumers