"Technology alone doesn’t ensure security. Organizations need a culture of good security processes and a team of well-trained professionals to drive their #cybersecurity
efforts. A security team can help guide practices, prioritize activities, respond to threats and inspect potential risks. However, security must live throughout an organization – with processes that safeguard critical communications and proactively monitor for risk. This includes looking at existing vulnerabilities, fixing them, assessing risk and developing a response and recovery plan." – #MotorolaSolutions
Vice President of Cybersecurity Products and Services Troy Mattern during a #CybersecurityMonth
panel for employees #MotoSolutionsLife
It’s cybersecurity awareness month. Are you AWARE?
Most desktop OS’s are Windows (globally at 82.45%). If using an OS like Microsoft Windows 10 (which is currently 50% of all Windows users), you have some pretty “solid” security features; but, by default, Microsoft is tracking almost everything you do. Messages, email, voice, photos. Your pal Cortana is a spy. You’d have to add a few configuration changes, tools, and perhaps some firewall rules to your gateway to block Microsoft’s phone homes
But, MacOS users (at 12.64%) aren’t off the hook either. Apple collects a lot of information on you too. And although MacOS has some good security features, it’s not impervious to malware like your friend tell you. I’ve seen and removed spyware off infected Macs. The real reason MacOS suffers from less malware infections is because of its statistically low usage share as a Desktop OS. Hackers are simply targeting Windows more because it’s the most popular operating system
60.63% of Internet users are using Google Chrome as their web browser. You could definitely argue that Chrome has some great safe browsing features and frequent security updates. But, is it a good idea to use a browser that was developed by a company whose business model surrounds tracking everything you do? Google owns YouTube, Google+, Gmail, Googlemaps, Google docs, GooglePlay, Chrome, etc. They have their claws dug in deep. Likewise, 47M websites have Google analytics code, which allows Google to monitor what you’re doing online. Google collects your device info, location, searches, and if you’ve provided any information such as your name when you login to anything “Googleish,” they’re developing a profile on you. They can sell it to “third parties” for targeted advertisements
So on top of privacy and anonymity concerns, you also have to worry about security as well. Think Web-based attacks. There’s XSS, malware, session hijacking, DBDs, MitM, wireless network attacks, browser and plugin exploits, credential stealing, etc. Bots, programs, and hackers target users like you every day
Don’t even get me started on government and nation-state surveillance
So, are you AWARE yet?