The Scary Numbers of Cyber Security Breaches
The good news is that 2013 seems to be a lighter year when it comes to the total number of cyber security breaches and records stolen by hackers. The bad news is that this is likely the calm before the storm.
There’s an ebb and flow when it comes to cyber security. The hackers find ways to breach the various systems, then the security agencies and governments find ways to plug them up. Each subsequent attack style is more elegant, harder to detect, and often harder to plug. This means one bad thing for 2013 and another bad thing for 2014.
In 2013, there’s a chance that cyber attacks are actually not in decline but are so good that they haven’t been detected yet. It’s not realistic to believe that the security industry has been able to take them down so dramatically. For 2014, this means that the techniques used against systems may be the best ones yet – completely undetected indefinitely and filling the databases of hackers and governments alike.
It’s important that positive numbers like the ones in the infographic below by AIS are not taken out of context. Our guard must always be up. There will never be a shortage of people trying to get to our personal data. Some of the worst ones are controlled by the very people we elected.