The media has been all aflutter lately with regard to Hillary Clinton and her ‘private’ email accounts. A great many questions are being raised, tongues are wagging, insults flying, tempers flaring on talk shows, and from time to time someone actually asks an intelligent question. Whatever the outcome of all this political falderal, there is a silver lining to the entire episode: media exposure to the issue of cyber security.
By and large the public pays little attention to cybersecurity. They know they should have a password on their computer, and many indeed do, like 12345, or their password is…password. They also give a collective yawn when yet another big box retailer is hacked since all it usually means is that they will be receiving yet another new charge card in the mail. However, from time to time the public does take notice of a cyber issue, such as the attack on SONY that involved juicy tidbits of off the record ‘Hollywood’ conversations. This time we have another media heavy hitter in cyber trouble, and naturally enough the public is taking notice.
Whichever side of the aisle you are on, no matter the outcome or the repercussions, cybersecurity has once again been put into the spotlight. We need to take advantage of this spotlight and put as much information as we can out there to increase the public awareness of cybersecurity and how important it is to everyone, because no one is immune to those with malicious intent.
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