I came across this article and was actually rather shocked after reading it despite what we have been discussing over the past three weeks. This venture capital company called “Blumberg Capital” conducted a survey to gauge the cybersecurity awareness of consumers today and the results were a bit concerning.
Some of the highlights that stood out were that 60% were under the impression they had NEVER been a victim, or were unaware if they had. That kind of ignorance toward the problem is what organizations are dealing with in today’s business world, and that was highlighted by a statistic discussed by co-founder and CEO at Cybellum, Slava Bronfman: “Companies should be concerned that only 10 percent of Americans are worried about protecting their work email passwords. An organization’s security is only as strong as its weakest link and an attacker can easily gain access to a company’s data and systems through one employee credential. These results demonstrate that despite a company’s best intentions to educate their employees, they cannot count on team members to always do the right thing.”
I thought that quote sums up the theme in our prior lectures, and I feel that the statistics in this article (regardless of sample size) show just how little Americans cares about being a victim of a breach, and how much it is accepted / ignored. From banking passwords to online dating information to racy photos, none of these very personal pieces of information seem that important for our society to protect at an individual level. So, with a mindset like that, it makes securing an organization’s information that much more difficult.