The world has entered a digital age. And, while that does mean we can use technology to greatly improve our lives, there is a need to be cautious when it comes to computer security. The internet is crucial to our daily lives, but it is also extremely powerful. Every time you use a debit or credit card; drive your car; use your computer or television at work, home or school; go to the grocery store; or use public transportation, you are using a computer system and relying on the internet.
As active users of the internet, it is important to take computer security seriously. And to take it seriously, it may help to understand ways we can improve our use of the internet.
According to Steve Herrod, managing director at General Catalyst, here are three issues we face with our current state of computer security:
1. Lack of Education for Users
It’s 2016, and we rely on the internet. A lot.
It’s safe to say that most systems and websites are only as secure as the habits of the people using them. When it comes to proper internet education for most users, the extent of it was “don’t talk to strangers online.” While this is extremely important, being cautious on the internet goes well beyond focusing on stranger danger.
In an article on searchsecurity.com, Daniel Messier, director of advisory services at IOActive, said users should be reminded of password security with all accounts they may have online. "It may even go a step further with proactive account cracking and notifications to users that they need to make better passwords both on their site and everywhere else as well," Messier said. "At this point the password weakness and sharing problem is a major internet security problem."
2. Few Opportunities for Courses Focused on Computer Security
According to a report titled Kids & Tech: The Evolution of Today’s Digital Natives, the average age for getting a first phone is now 10 years old and 64 percent of kids have access to the internet via their own laptop or tablet. If children are incorporating technology into their lives at an elementary school age, then teaching the young generation computer security techniques is necessary for improving the state of it in the future.
3. Shortage of Cybersecurity Professionals
Did you know there are more than 270,000 unfilled security-related IT jobs in the U.S. alone?1
This skills gap has been acknowledged by the Obama Administration. President Obama’s 2017 budget calls for a 35 percent increase in spending on cybersecurity, putting the total budget at $19 billion. A substantive portion of this budget goes toward the recruiting and training of cybersecurity professionals, which accounts for scholarships to students who focus specifically on security-related studies and go on to work for the federal government after graduating.
“In short, there’s a lot of opportunity here in the field of cybersecurity. The bet is that higher awareness, loan forgiveness, and pretty attractive salaries will begin to close the gap,” Herrod stated in the article.
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