Cybersecurity should be our main focus. But the worse the attacks get, the more apathetic we become, or so it seems.
Recent events bear this out.
Facebook recently admitted to a massive breach, throwing its cybersecurity into sharp question.
The result? We possibly changed our password and smiled (a little nastily) at the fact that Mark Zuckerberg’s login details were possibly among those found for sale on the dark web for next to nothing.
We hear stories and reports and surveys that say cybersecurity, far from being at the top of executive-level priorities, is an issue that is being swept under the Boardroom carpet. Instead, executives insist that cybersecurity is being overblown, probably by vendors of, oh wait, cybersecurity products.
Even at a global, political level, the problem has reached new heights. The SolarWinds hack should have us all up in arms (while other issues seem to light those flames). It exposed Government departments to leaks and vulnerabilities that would have started wars had they been physical attacks.
And, at a global level, the twists and turns of cybersecurity or cyber-weakness have produced a force greater than that of Government. The team at Google who found and closed a vulnerability that they knew was the work of a US ally still troubles our mind.
Against all of this there is a very human cost.
The humans whose job it is, against the odds, to manage cybersecurity mechanisms, suffer huge trauma when it goes wrong, and they find themselves on the Boardroom carpet, defending themselves to a Board that, until it happened, didn’t care.
Soon, too, as AI becomes the agent of destruction and defence, machines will battle it out. At that point, there will be an obvious weak point in the world of cybersecurity, an obvious attack vector, which can and should be exploited.