In an ever-flowing, network-connected world with cutting-edge technology unveiling each quarter, people are steadily gaining access to incredible options and information. Since it was first introduced for public consumption in 1991, the internet has evolved from a tremendously complex (yet still basic) machine to a full-scale, elaborate and definitive network of truly connected personal portals of shared experiences. A decade has made a quantifiable difference in the evolution of the internet and its ongoing metamorphosis. Undoubtedly, the next ten years will usher in a more immerse connection to the web. With such an array of devices gaining internet accessibility, the need for enhanced cybersecurity is becoming more apparent, and it may be more important than previously thought.
The Duality of Connection
With any opportunity for good comes the possibility of turmoil. Data-connected devices have the power to make consumers’ lives infinitely better by simplifying menial or complex tasks or providing access to otherwise unobtainable goods, services or information. From hosting the structure of utility grids and providing hands-free answers to life’s curiosities to operating in virtually any industry of business, the options are limitless. But new capabilities also provide a route for attackers to cause harm.
The Internet of Things
The risk lies in the permissions and the information collected as a result of new technology. A connected device acts as a listener. Silently, it awaits information input. Meanwhile, it uploads the collective data, so it can be processed for commands and cues, ready to perform the desired function when prompted. Such capabilities are true for devices from smartphones to self-driving cars. That data is invaluable to attackers, hackers, and programs developed to mine and exploit these paradoxical components to connection. When the risk is not directly life-threatening, it is easy to fail to see the actual severity this poses to the Internet of Things (IoT). But with safety concerns involving self-driving cars still unresolved, the threat of hackers infiltrating those systems is a terrifying concept.
The Importance of Maintaining Cybersecurity
Attacks occur daily, and they come from every corner of the Earth. Once circulated, any attack can cause damage in the billions of dollars. More concerning, perhaps, is the shift to network-based utility grid systems and the importance of taking proactive measures to enforce cybersecurity to preserve modern infrastructure.
A decade seems more like a century when it comes to the world of the web, and the impact of ten years can have an impact similar to the industrial revolution. Imagine the possibilities before mankind with this great power, but remember that it takes the accountability to be proactive to reach them.
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Justus Daniel Eapen is a policy level Organizational Transformation Consultant with over 25 years experience in Banking & Government.