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To get the right kind of cyber security for your needs, you first need to understand cyber security threats. The Internet is no longer a special place where only tech nerds can function. Believing that cyber security is the domain of highly technical minds is a misconception. We can understand what challenges cyber security. And we can then apply everyday solutions to achieve proper security four our needs.
Understanding Cyber Security for Appropriate Solutions
Too many people today still think that cyber security is too complicated for average Internet users. This is not entirely true. There is a lot about cyber security that actually relates to us ordinary Internet users. The way we use the Internet has bearing on cyber security. Also, because we think it is difficult, we fail to make the effort to understand it. We do not know what is happening online in terms of security. But we can only achieve effective cyber security if we try to understand and apply appropriate solutions.
The first step is to think of cyber security as just another challenge. Technological changes always happen very quickly, but this doesn’t mean we can’t cope. There really isn’t anything new under the sun. We need to look at the problem from a practical standpoint without the fear that ignorance provokes. So first we look at prevention and education for awareness. We look at methods of sharing good information and weeding out the bad. And so here we have a few areas that can be addressed now by average Internet users so they can start building better cyber security.
Cyber Security Hype
There has been a lot of cyber security hype because many people are just too complacent about cyber security. But scaring them with overblown figures does not make them fix their cyber security issues. It just makes them think that the cyber security problem is too big. Therefore any action on their part can’t make any difference. They therefore give up on cyber security and just hope they don’t get targeted.
What we need here is to look at the real cyber security numbers. It is true that the US is bombarded with millions of cyber security attacks each day. This has been the case for five years. But the size of the invading army is not what we should focus on. What is significant is what kind of damage these attacks can do. Next we need to know where these threats are coming from.
Most of the threats among the millions have not caused any harm. They are either acts of protest or probes stopped by the first lines of cyber security defense. Some are hacker shenanigans and intelligence moves. But very few are large scale attacks that weaken cyber security in general. We separate these much as we separate a kid throwing stones at our windows from a world power throwing nuclear bombs at us.
People and Tools for Cyber Security
Cyber security reports center on threats and what technology lacks for proper defense. The real problem we face is not what we lack but putting into practice the cyber security defenses we already have. Most people and companies who are victimized are those who do not invest in cyber security. They do not understand the risks and do not know what their cyber security priorities should be. The best cyber security defense is a step by step approach. They need to communicate about the threats they have faced to help each other build better defenses. They need to practice existing security protocols and use the applicable tools. There will always be risks, but knowing potential threats and acting on them with existing technology can greatly reduce possible damage.
A Focus on Hackers
We tend to believe from what the media puts out that hackers are the number one enemy online. Governments point fingers at each other, creating a reason to set up defensive barriers. But these barriers are threats themselves. Hackers exist and do pose threats to companies and individuals. But we cannot fixate on hackers as the only significant threats to cyber security. Many governments have set up complex surveillance and censorship systems for national security. But these systems also threaten our cyber security.
People need to deal with cyber security threats on their level. Mass spying and website blocks is causing more problems than it solves. We have police and national defense grids but we still lock our doors and set up alarm systems. Our military can threaten other countries and attack them before they have a chance to move against us. But we don’t because we know this makes a bigger mess. The same goes for cyber security. We need to protect the Internet from all out war so it can continue to provide us with opportunities for social, economic and political growth. But we also need to take control of our personal cyber security in the process.