Who Doesn’t Have a Smart Phone?
The physical and the digital world are intersecting more and more. The growth of the Internet of Things has drastically accelerated with billions of network-connected devices in homes, offices, and on roads around the world. Driverless cars, big data analyses, and online tracking give third-parties unprecedented access to private information, and make humans increasingly redundant in operational loops. The leaps in technology continue to rise in popularity, and often the obvious dangers are ignored.
Perils That Lurk in the Cyber World
Online espionage groups exploiting trust relationships, and hackers causing vehicles to be recalled are only some of the big dangers posed by an increasingly digital world. Not to mention corporate giants monitoring the average citizen’s every digital move. To better understand these dangers, research is being done with the aim of studying and defining problems and solutions. In recent studies it was revealed that:
- Websites are tracking the behaviour and movements of users who have no control over being monitored.
- Even the most private individuals are monitored through advanced algorithms and pattern-matching.
- There are not many options to limit data breaches.
- A lack of privacy is becoming increasingly apparent.
- There is a drastic need for the technology sector to focus on the problem.
Consumers and Companies at Risk
Although there is not much a consumer can do about controlling their data once they opt-in to an affiliation with a company, there are protective measures they can take:
- Use software that blocks and deletes tracking cookies.
- Don’t download unnecessary apps and delete them ASAP.
- Use different passwords for different sites.
Unfortunately it is even more complicated for companies to maintain digital safety. The best advice for any company is to seek help from a cyber-safety professional.
Addressing the Issues Globally
It is obvious that there are serious issues with digital safety, but whose job is it to look after the cyber security of the world? Despite the incursion of tech, there is a massive lack of trained security experts. According to research, one million skilled security workers are required to protect the digital data of businesses. Cyber insurance has taken off in recent years but has problems. Policies have major exceptions and do not exclude policy-holders from reasonably protecting their data. If something is not done to deter cyber threats, the economy will be significantly affected in the near future. A good place to start is to gather knowledge. A problem cannot be solved without knowing what the cause is. By leveraging this research, it is possible to explore new approaches to seeking solutions to cyber security problems.