At heart we are all optimists. We’re also very trusting. When it comes to tech; the internet, devices, software we sign up to we believe that by default they are secure. The reality is they’ve become so complicated that it's impossible to avoid security issues and errors. There’s also the flip side of the argument that the bigger the company the more at risk they are. We need to take ownership of our security. Because of the interconnected nature of everything we do, no one provider can take that responsibility so it's up to us.
Tech providers try to secure the products they sell, but they can’t possibly cover all the angles that cybercriminals might use. Also, they can’t plan ahead for every conflict and particular situation that their product may be used in. What’s more, they have no control over the human interactions that can be leveraged to be used for compromising the products or the data they protect.
As a result, we, as owners of this technology, need to understand that we are also responsible for our online security. The more effort we put into protecting ourselves, our data and devices, the safer we make the infrastructure for each other.
There’s no silver bullet rather its like an onion!
If only we could install one product that did it all. The reality is that cybercrime is just too big and complex for any one product to handle. And that's without taking human error into the equation. The fact is security is a process. Think of the measures you put in place as an onion - multiple layers that together will be give you the best protection. Ultimately a very determined threat might break through some or all of the layers. Put in place systems that will reduce your risk. Couple this with awareness of what to look out for, and how to spot the signs of malicious activity, and you’re doing the best you can. And that's ok.
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