Hardly a day goes by when we don’t read a headline or hear that an individual was hacked, a company was hacked, a multinational was hacked, or some government entity was hacked. There are also numerous articles concerning Cybersecurity or Chief Security Officers (CSOs) in the news. Earlier today on my commute home I head someone on the radio stating ~80% of the internet traffic is from the ‘dark web’ where one can buy just about anything – from someone’s credit card info to their loyalty card account numbers – they even listed prices for individual account info! The thought being you would buy the card, change the address, then cash in the loyalty points for a gift or gift card and the original owner would be none-the-wiser until they find their loyalty account balance is zero.
Cybersecurity (or a lack thereof) can have a profound impact on our daily lives. One does not have to be a historian to understand the impact of poor security. The 2016 Presidential election had issues from the Podesta emails to rumored Russian interference. Please do not mistake this for a political post as that is not this bloggers intent – merely providing examples of what can happen when we let our guard down.
There are numerous other examples that should give us pause – hacks that turn our laptops and phones into bots that mine for bitcoin. Here are some examples I’ve run across in the just the past 2 weeks-
Swisscom suffers a data breach affecting 800,000 customers,
Netgear routers have serious vulnerabilities,
The Equifax hack which affected 145,000,000 customers may have included tax id numbers, email addresses and driver’s license info,
Skype has a malicious security bug,
Equifax hires former Home Depot CSO (remember that Home Depot suffered a HUGE hack),
FedEx servers expose thousands of customer’s info,
Russian hackers jailed for stealing 160,000,000 bank card numbers,
Millions stolen from Indian & Russian bank in SWIFT (banking) hacks,
Vicious Mac trojan named Coldroot went undetected for years,
In 2017 there were 3,000,000 new examples of android malware,
Every year Cybercrime sucks $600,000,000,000 from the global economy, and my personal favorite
“A disconnect about cybersecurity is causing tension among leaders in the C-suite – and may be leaving companies vulnerable to breaches as a result.”*
*Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report