“The problem is not technology. The problem is the person, or persons using it.”
– Billy Graham
– Billy Graham
Since the very first product transaction, customer information has been a valuable commodity.
Today we understand that personal information — so much more than we ever dreamed — IS the product for sale. Everything we do and every place we go can be captured and sold.
Information is so valuable, in fact, that it is targeted each and every day by bad actors with bad intentions.
For evidence of how common compromised personal information has become, look at HaveIBeenPwned.com, which has recorded more than 9.3 billion accounts exposed in the past 6 years (2 billion in 2019 alone).
But despite the overwhelming reality of the figures we face, many continue to misunderstand the vast risk landscape and the very definition of what it means to be targeted.
Whether it’s the innumerable accounts and profiles we need to function in today’s society, the third-parties encouraging us to share our locations, create digital libraries and offer up our DNA or just the need to access free Wi-Fi and charge our devices in public places, our data is at risk all day, every day.
Some people simply succumb to the belief that defense is futile, and they likely have already been exposed, while others fumble with a lack of knowledge on how to protect themselves. But regardless of whether you choose to fight it or ignore it, the truth is that the risks are VERY real.
Perhaps nowhere are these risks more evident than for employers trying to deal with their employees’ poor habits when it comes to cybersecurity.
No matter how much time and money is dedicated to systems and software, if human behavior is ignored, the problem will not only persist, it will intensify.
Here are some of the growing number of signs that the link bewteen individual behavior and cybersecurity is growing for 2020 and beyond: