On reflection, I now crave the simplicity of my life in the 90’s. The flow of data was slower, less widespread and simpler to secure as not many people knew it was there in the first place.
Today, we are swimming in data flows and everyone is their own system administrator. iOS Beta 3 is now available, I can’t see the differences but no doubt the vendor is crunching an exabyte of test device data. I’m still hooked on the Screen Time application.
I’m part of the generation that didn’t realise what it actually meant to push all end-users to be Network-centric and eventually dependent. Now, turn off the Network and all hell breaks loose. The option to live an offline digital life is now cumbersome, awkward and attracts suspicion as to why you are “not online”.
28 years ago I knew users would have to be on the network to make data availability work, now I realise that helping to create that dependency was a mistake. And like South Londoner, Michelle Wallen sang so wonderfully as Pica Paris “I Should’ve Known Better”.
Of course, it creates a nice arena for Data Privacy specialist like me.
As an individual, where do you turn if you think you’ve been breached and your antivirus software tells you nothing?
Your Internet Service providers? Your bank?
Your email provider?
The techie friend of a friend who can find a job in the industry?
Your insurance company?
Your IT department at work?
…or your friendly neighbourhood CISSP® – Certified Information Systems Security Professional.
Generally, though, it’s down to you and Google to figure it out.
In the meantime, you stumble around telling friends you’ve been hacked or that your tech is crap.
Naturally, social media is a massive help to find out if someone else has the same problem. In my experience, the emotional pressure is one of the biggest issues. Feelings of WTF and “why are they doing this to me” cloud your judgement and objectivity.
I find it really difficult to deal with people who ask for my professional advice and then turn around and argue with me or blatantly reject my guidance every time.
Week, months and sometimes years later, I’m proved right.
Banks are now targeting small business with Cyber Crime insurance….really. How the hell are you gonna prove you have been breached as opposed to poor digital hygiene. Leaving a weak password on your office Network is asking for trouble and near on negligent.
I doubt whether an insurance policy will cover you if you fail to patch your systems or set-up 2-factor for yourself and your users.
This is money for old rope and a potential cash cow for insurers to Win while your lose.