Cyber Security Knowledge as an Imperative Tool of the Present
by Raymund Taylun, Senior Security Advisor
06 October 2020
Ransomware attacks and other cyber security threats remain the main drivers pushing people to increase their knowledge and experience of how to create a secure journey in cyber space.
It is no longer a secret that the COVID-19 pandemic proved how important cyber security is for remaining resilient whilst pursuing a rapid digital transformation. Organisations were forced to execute plans and projects for digital transformation within weeks rather than the months or years it would have taken before the pandemic hit the world. This rapid transformation affected our shopping, working, and learning habits and made us to become more reliant on internet and ecommerce, thus opening new attack surfaces for cyber criminals to exploit.
European Cyber Security Month launched this October, which reminds us to be more equipped and knowledgeable in recognising and handling threats around cyber space. It is about time to keep ourselves educated in cyber security whether we are categorised as general user, young user, senior user, or business user.
By having the right knowledge about cyber security, this increases our senses to quickly spot threats, thus expanding our visibility to recognise the threats present in (a) web pages we are visiting, (b) emails we are opening and (c) applications we are running on our personal or business devices.
Imagine the world when a young generation of IOT users are educated and well experienced about cyber security; this young generation can fill in the scarcity of cyber security professionals which is currently a global challenge. I can picture a future with an army of skilled and expert cyber security professionals who can deal with the requirements to keep us all safe and secure in cyber space.