Google is probably the most powerful cyber “thing” known to men. However, nothing and no one can be even compared with the mysterious and overwhelming powers of the good old Mother Nature. Do you still have some doubts about this claim? Then, listen to this story.
Google data center in Belgium experienced it first-hand, what it exactly means when the Mother Nature gets angry. Despite the latest state of the art technology and protective measures, it only took a couple of thunders to compromise Google’s data protection policy and strategy.
There are quite a few invaluable pieces of information, which were irrevocably lost due to this unusual accident. It turns out that the thunder strikes are the most serious types of data attacks, after all. And, what could be the most suitable moral of our story about Google and the Mother Nature?
Well, it depends who or what you favor more. Either way, despite its unparalleled power and size, Google still has to tremble on the stormy weather, just like the most of us, the mortal ones. We have to wait a little bit longer, before being able to challenge the Mother Nature with no consequences.
The busy little bees in Symantec have some good news for all of us. It turns out that the number of spam has reached its critical minimal point in the last ten years. This can mean only one thing. The web and email service providers are doing their homework properly.
Or, we can put it in this way. One in two emails is a spam. According to Symantec this is great. Actually, this is the best thing, which happened in this field, during the last cyber decade. Are we supposed to be happy or relieved about it? Symantec has a nice reminder.
Not so long ago, three out of four emails you are supposed to get were with a spam purpose. Yes, this is a great change. No, we are not supposed to be thrilled about it. Is there something we can do to decrease spams to a harmless level of a statistical error?
If you are happy with the current situation, they you are not very likely to change it. Right? This is a moral we strongly recommend for this story. Otherwise, the spam-masters can say, great news, business will be as usual, for us.
One National Guard member has exposed sensitive and private data of more than 850,000 of his fellows. How could this be? This is how, we have ended up in a vicious circle of game to blame. Really, who is to blame? The system or an individual, who has wrongfully used it?
Well, if the system works flawlessly with all of its security features, then there is nothing to worry about the potential misuse. However, if there is a flaw, then someone will take an advantage of it, sooner or later, this way or another. So, we have to blame the system. Right?
Maybe, the basic presumption that our own staff cannot do anything wrong is to be blamed. We are focused all the time to the threats coming from outside that we have completely forgotten about the cyber hazards working from inside. Which brings us back to our question.
Who and how will guard our cyber guardians? There should not be exceptions from our safety procedures and standards. On the contrary, we should apply special and additional standards for our guardians, because they are in a favorable position of taking an advantage over the system. Right?
What in a world is this thing called the Digital Amnesia Syndrome? Well, it is not a rocket science, isn’t it? We are so dependant on our cyber-pets’ memory. In addition, our entire civilization has become lazy. We do not have the time or nerves, or both, to memorize all data we require, more or less.
So, what can happen at the end of this cyber-memory-rainbow? Here is an easy trick as a helping hand. Just imagine what can happen to you, if you lose your smartphone, or all data associated with it. The same thing will happen to our world, if it looses its digital, and apparently most important memory.
So, what are we supposed to do? Nothing. Just relax, if you can. At the moment, our digital memory suffers a fatal collapse, we will sing a song, nothing really matters. Trust us, when we say, you will have more urgent and serious problems to deal with. Digital oblivion will be the least of your problems.
Yet, you can do something about limiting your cyber addiction, although this is much easier to say, than to actually do. However, there are no other options available. Cyber clouds sound like a lovely idea. Then again, how we are supposed to rain data out of them without our precious smartphones?
OK. You do not have to read our or any other security blog to know what is happening out there. It is a nasty and merciless world of the cyber pain. Yet, you should know some basics. Right? How about some of the biggest IT security breaches in the recent history? If you forget it, then what is going to happen?
You do not have to be a rocket scientist to know that these unpleasant things will happen again. More than 77% of people in the USA are completely unaware of the eBay, Home Depot or Health Clinics data breaches. Does it really have to happen to you or your loved ones so you can start paying attention?
Maybe that is our worst cyber enemy, our ignorance and reckless behavior. We behave in a way all hackers in the world can only wish for. Millions and millions of people get affected on a daily basis. Yet, we have the careless days of our lives somewhere at the end of our cyber rainbow.
What is the alternative? Should we act as the android paranoid? That is not a solution. For what is worth, you should read some other news sections besides the sports, celebrities and finances. One minute of cyber awareness can save you at least one year of crumbling cyber pain. Enough for you?
How about this horror movie for a change? A laptop with the 500 patients personal data was stolen from the medical facility in South Carolina. What kind of personal data? Well, anything you can possibly think of including medical history for each and any of the 500 patients.
The laptop itself was password, but the data were not encrypted. Really hard to believe, and absolutely impossible to accept. Simply there is no excuse, which we can swallow. How about the patients themselves? It comes without saying that their condition just got worse.
What happened with the cloud storage system? What about prioritizing these type of data? You do not have to be a rocket scientist to ask these type of questions all day long. What is the purpose? In the paper era we were more secure than in the golden digital age.
Does this type of news about security breaches and identity thefts make you sick? What kind of an epic data catastrophe we have to experience in order to be awakened from our dreams of self-illusions? Enough is enough, let us do something about it for real this time. Shall we?