It is European Cybersecurity Month (ECSM) this October, and the technological solutions to cybersecurity are many and various. From VPNs to help protect privacy, to antivirus and firewall software to prevent malicious software from taking control of a computer. Social networks and online services employ systems like two-factor authentication and sophisticated privacy controls, and web browsers flag potentially dangerous links.
It is tempting to look at this dense mesh of security and think that it protects us, that we can’t fall through it into the murky and often dangerous underworld of the internet. But unless we mind our footing and are aware of where and what the risks are, all the hardware and software in the world can do nothing to keep us truly safe. As with so many other aspects of using a computer, skills are at the core of staying safe online.
It is important that we understand what IT security risks really are. Rather than some abstract topic of discussion, IT security risks are very real, and the dangers are ones that can affect anyone. It is frightening how many cases there are of people losing personal information or being harmed by breaches of cybersecurity. For businesses, the effects of an attack can be devastating.