Cybersecurity has become a very nebulous term. The phrase has come to encompass everything from political protests to economic and political espionage. A recent Wired article set out to debunk the myths surrounding cybersecurity and the way our society is dealing with cyber threats.
First and foremost, it’s critical that we work to change the perception of cybersecurity from a problem in need of solving to a term that is synonymous to individual responsibility. Intel’s “secure-by-design” approach to products creates security at every layer of the computing stack.
By making security a part of everything we do, we’re enabling IT leaders to have conversations about security that empower employees. By taking the information security conversation out of its cave, we hope the term will evolve organically to include every employee and every aspect of the business, not just IT.
This isn’t just good for the IT team, it’s an utter necessity. With an estimated 10 billion personal electronic devices in use by 2015, the need for security awareness and personal responsibility has never been greater. As Peter Singer and Allan Friedman wrote in their Wired article:
The most important thing we can do is a mentality shift from fear and ignorance (which leads us to be taken in by silver bullet solutions and false hopes for some man on cyber horseback to rescue us) to working toward what matters more: resilience.
Intel’s security offerings are only part of making computing more secure. We believe that we need to engage the entire technology industry to cultivate additional protections. We’re committing to taking a holistic approach to cybersecurity. By working with strategic security partners as well as general-purpose software developers to encourage higher levels of security implementation, we can help drive innovation across the computing ecosystem.
In addition to innovating with our peers in the industry, we’re doing our best to educate companies and individuals about best practices for locking down their sensitive data. True risk management starts with an investment in a secure future. As Singer and Friedman point out in their article, there is an abundance of security tools on the market, but if businesses and individuals remain unwilling to adopt these technologies, their security strategies will remain inadequate.
Whether or not we get to a place where cybersecurity is embraced on a global scale depends on how good we are at communicating benefits and best practices as an industry. So how will you begin demystifying cybersecurity and empowering individuals to take more responsibility when it comes to security?