You may have seen recently some stories about cyber attacks on government systems including the nations 3 major political parties.
We are not quite at the bit of pointing the finger of blame yet (although everyone suspects a major communist led country) but some have started taking long hard looks at themselves and we all should be doing the same.
The government has a disappointing track record with technology in general but cyber attacks open the door to scenarios that go beyond simple annoyances prompting leaders to ask if we as a nation are ready to deal with and recover from a major cyber attack.
Why is it a big deal?
Today, technology touches every part of our lives from our political systems to critical infrastructure, utilities, communications, defense services and of course our economy that runs on so much technology.
Imagine a simple attack known as a denial of service impacting our communications services resulting in an extended outage of ALL communications. It does not take much imagination to understand that this has a real world impact.
What if the attack is on our electrical supply network?
Our defense communications networks?
Our electoral network just before a major election?
Lack of information or uncertainty around the validity of information could have a massive impact on government or business that could result in a slowdown or complete halt to entire community sectors.
So what can we do?
Becoming more security aware is a vital start to our nation’s cybersecurity. Going beyond prevention to include cyber resilience is also an important consideration.
I am passionate about raising awareness and these recent events are a timely reminder that we are no longer living in the pre-90s world.
Cyberattacks are real, occurring daily and they have a real world impact.
Now is the time to ask questions. Now is the time to be ready.
I am here to help.