Target: human weakness, not system weakness

In an interview with 60 Minutes, Jon Miller, former hacker who is currently serving as vice president of strategy at Cylance stated that given the current security levels for most companies, 90 percent of them would be vulnerable to such an attack which destroyed 3,000 computers and released sensitive information and proprietary content and he used the example of the cyber attack on Sony.

The Sony hack is one of the many recent security breaches that exposed a mass amount of caches of sensitive data belonging to individuals, corporations, and governments. The hacker group; Guardians of Peace leaked personal information ranging from social security numbers, over 47,000 celebrities, freelancers, and current and former Sony employees. Also, unreleased movies, embarrassing emails between Sony and internal documentation. Not only did Sony experience a data breach, but so did Home Depot, Target, Anthem (insurance provider), and a vast number of high profile businesses. Between the previously named businesses, the combined exposed information affected an estimated total of 246 million people.

Since 2014, the hacks on businesses and government agencies have grown nearly 50 percent from 2013 as there were more than 1,500 data breaches world wide.

With the outcome and predictability of what may be expected on hacks on systems within businesses and government agencies, professionals state that these hacks aren’t as remote as we’d like to believe and that security is not only about defending the systems, but being on the offensive side. To raise awareness of the security news and issues in today as well as what is expected, we ought to realize that the human weakness is what is targeted, not so much the system weakness. This weakness needs to be assessed and discussed as today’s amount of population is likely to be computer or tech savvy, curiously taking advantage of systems and the user.

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Makaya Hicks