Cybersecurity – Opinions All Over the Map!

Cybersecurity is getting a lot of press coverage lately. We’re hearing more and more about cyberattacks and security breaches, new risks we need to worry about and varying opinions on every issue.

Some say cybersecurity is the one thing we need to be focusing on and there are serious concerns to be had. Others place cybersecurity lower on the to-do list of worries, and one poll suggests some people just don’t care.

This week we’ve found three cybersecurity stories of immense interest – all tackling a different aspect of the topic we’ve become so familiar with.


1.) Consumers not changing habits – do they simply not care?

According to an article from pjstar.com, a recent Associated Press-GfK poll has revealed some contradicting data about American shoppers and their attitudes toward cybersecurity.

This poll comes after the recent big headline stories involving the huge Target data security breach and a similar attack at Neiman Marcus.

Although 40 million credit and debit cards were compromised and the personal information of as many as 70 million total customers was breached in the Target attack, the poll reveals Americans are “apathetic” about protecting their data. And yet, the same people are afraid of becoming theft victims.

The article explains that almost half of Americans are extremely concerned about their personal information when shopping in stores since the time of the Target breach. The survey reports 61 percent of people say they have deep worries when spending money online and 62 percent are very concerned when making purchases on their mobile phones.

According to the article, “security experts say the results of the poll show that Americans have come to expect that security theft is a possibility when they use their credit or debit cards or provide retailers with phone numbers, emails and other personal information.”

For more information, see the article here: http://www.pjstar.com/article/20140127/NEWS/140129202/10924/NEWS

 

2.) Davos leaders say unemployment is a bigger concern than cybersecurity

The World Economic Forum held its annual meeting in Davos recently and came to an interesting conclusion: Unemployment is a more important issue than cybersecurity.

According to a Forbes article, more than 2,000 participants were surveyed at the forum, and this was the consensus. Unemployment is a major concern, particularly for the youth demographic.

The WEF report states, “Young people need to be productively employed or we face the deterioration of our social fabric.”

The Forbes article says U.S. youth unemployment was most recently listed as 20.2 percent, compared to the 6.7 percent of people in the whole American workforce who are unemployed. According to a recent study by Young Invincibles, the level of youth unemployment is costing U.S. taxpayers as much as $25 billion every year.

For more information, see the article here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/amyrosen/2014/01/27/unemployment-more-important-than-climate-change-cybersecurity/

 

3.) Infrastructure is vulnerable to cyberattacks

A recent Government Security News article tackles the issue of infrastructure’s vulnerability.

Andrew Ginter, vice president of industrial security at Waterfall Security in Calgary, CA is the expert quoted in the article, and he’s got some major concerns.

“It has been proven routinely in one security test after another that any hacker with a bit of skill and time can take control of equipment on safety-critical networks,” Ginter told GSN.

Ginter has 25 years of experience in industrial cybersecurity. He believes cyber warfare is something to be watched very closely.

“Cyber warfare is the fifth domain of warfare, after land, sea, air and space,” Ginter told GSN.

“What is really going on today with nation-state-sponsored cyberattacks is espionage, not open warfare,” and “includes information-stealing with the occasional select acts of sabotage, such as the Stuxnet attack on Iran's nuclear weapons program,” he said.

There are a number of risks and Ginter urges infrastructure personnel to take cybersecurity seriously.

“Critical infrastructure owners need to wake up to this threat, and start deploying effective defensive technologies, starting with unidirectional gateways whose use has been pioneered and proven by our most sensitive industrial sites,” Ginter concluded.

For more details and more of Ginter’s expert advice, see the article here: http://www.gsnmagazine.com/node/40042?c=it_security

For another interesting cyber-related read, check out this article, “Retailers Expand their Commitment to Cybersecurity and Data Privacy”: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1702286