CYBER SECURITY – AT THE CENTRE STAGE?
Since 2014 Cyber Security has been positioned as the single biggest threat by the US. For sure, it is not an emerging threat, as it made out to be. Unfortunately, in the public psyche it was treated as a far fetched issue, not of any great consequence to them. The business enterprises & other organisations remained in ostrich mode, cutting costs & in the process playing with the credibility. Fortunately, such myths have been laid to rest once & for all by WannaCry. Cyber Security’s impact on the user / customer / citizen is instant & direct is the moot point which have been driven home with clarity.
It is out of the closet & the level of awareness has increased tremendously amongst all professionals & users alike since last Friday. Necessity is turning out to be the biggest facilitator of knowledge today. Huge dose of training & awareness failed to create the impact which WannaCry has done in a few days time. This opportunity need not be lost & a blitzkrieg of workable knowledge for making us safe in the Cyber World, ought to continue.
On the business enterprises side, callousness has been the only approach, which has become so conspicuous to the wide world today. Without the details & processes in place & it being a perfect match to the requirements, it becomes a make believe narrative. Trust emanates out of technology, its appropriate usage & not by sales pitch & ads. This is a security model turned upside down. Put a half baked solution & keep praying to the Gods that it becomes successful. A product is not a solution & a solution is not a product. Integration is the key to create a secure functioning system based on precise requirements & maintaining & updating in on a dynamic realtime level.
Otherwise, how do we explain the incapability to handle a known vulnerability with available patch & that too in a situation when the system has not been infected by WannaCry. Openness can be critical.
WANNACRY PROVIDES IMMENSE OPPORTUNITY TO REALIGN CYBER SECURITY TO OUR REQUIREMENTS.