Are you Educated Enough on this new “Culture of Security”

Cyber threats are more prevalent than ever before which is why cyber security must continue to be a major focus for businesses. The Internet today is much more about openness and experimentation than about safety and security and with almost everything ranging from our financial requirements to commerce and supply chain depending on it, it’s becoming increasingly important to throw light on securing the information we give out on the Internet.

Recently, President Obama confronted the Chinese President over allegations of cyber theft. American officials have reported about cyber spying from China that has affected companies in US and Obama wishes to make the necessary amendments in order to protect America from cyber threats.

There is a need to ensure protection and safety as an integral part of cyber security. Reportedly, both India and US have been victims of cyber attacks originating from China. Due to cyber spying from China, even US-China ties have also come under pressure.

More and more companies are investing time and money to devote resources to improve their approach in handling data security but there are still a lot of businesses that are prone to attacks.

While the private sector is waiting for law enforcements from the government’s side, they need to be firm about a few things. Here are a few points that the private sector must demand from Washington right now:

  • A Government funded FFRDC- type institution, to pay for basic research and early risk phase investment in commercial security systems.
  • A support system, financial and legal, for smaller and start up companies that can’t afford to spend their money and time worrying about the security of their networks.
  • A national cyber-guard or cyber Peace Corps equivalent, that would spread software and practices first around the US, and then around willing allies and friends abroad.
  • A major national effort to educate the public and market a new “Culture of Security” for Internet behavior. It’s the human link that is and almost certainly always will be the weakest link in any security system. So we need constant messaging about the basic blocking-and-tackling of online behavior to get individuals to recognize their own risky actions and their personal responsibility for security. As long as Internet culture allows or even supports that kind of “freedom” (as, for example, a culturally acceptable extension of BYOD policies), companies are in real danger.

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