Is anyone, at any given point, 100% secure? Is there any average person who has absolutely no worry regarding their personal information, and technological security? Someone who is sure that noone other person is able to access their information? The simple answer to this, is no.
In the video above, security advocates Martin McKeay and Brian Honan bring up so many excellent points that really give a clear view of where we are today, in terms of security. Using some quotes from this video, I’m going to show how we are never truly safe and secure.
1. “The target size has increased as has the vulnerabilities. We’re rolling out technology so quickly that we don’t know how to secure it.”
This point right here is a great one to start with. We are so concerned with pushing technology to the next level and making sure everything is so new, that we rarely give the companies providing these products, time to make them secure. With companies pumping out new phones, new tablets, new computer components, etc., each year, they don’t have enough time also build perfect security systems for all of these things. Not to mention that one company does not make each and every piece of technology. So one way of securing something may not work for another companies product. There is no time for these companies to keep up with themselves and the people who seek to steal information.
2. “It’s not the technology, it’s the people. We don’t have necessarily the number of people or the people with the education we actually need to make a lot of the tools work.”
This one is relatively self explanatory . We simply do not have enough people in the technological security field, to produce 100% effective ways to protect our information. Having a lack of people to employ, takes a large, complicated work load, and places it on only a few programmers, rather than spreading it out over a whole division. This coupled with the previous point makes for a very slow and weak security process. If programming, and overall security were taught and requested more from companies, and more people were to fill these positions, perhaps security would be able to keep up with the rate at which our technology progresses.
3. “Our environments are so much more complex to defend. It’s not just desktops, networks, servers, and mainframes anymore.”
This plays off of the first point to make for an even harder challenge for programmers. not only do we produce new and large amounts of technology, but each piece of technology is different, and it’s everywhere, all the time. When technology was far less consumer-based, only bigger companies had access and the resources to house such technology. Meaning, that only a small and personal form of security was need. Now, with everyone having some form of technology on them at all times, all over the world, at any point in time; it makes it very hard to provide security for each and every scenario that someone may face. It would be IMPOSSIBLE to protect everyone 100%.
No matter how safe we think we are, or aren’t, there is always a threat that we won’t be ready for. In today’s world, the best way to prevent this is to learn about the technology that you use so often, and know what people can access and what you put on said technology. Having this extra little bit of knowledge can go a long way in preventing someone from accessing your information and preventing you from being 100% SECURE.