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Cybersecurity Is a People Problem

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Nemos
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It is NOT just a click
Nemos   9/15/2011 6:31:15 PM
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"A lot of [the problems] around social networking are people and culture issues" well expressed.It must be mentioned that Internet hides a lot of traps and it is not a game, its a living world. Every action we do it is recorded and every click we do may cause us problems. With the same way of thinking we act in daily life we must act also when we are on the net. I think "It is NOT just a click" may works.........

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pocharle   9/15/2011 9:34:52 PM
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That's why education is the key. I feel like you must sit through a day-long seminar about the pitfalls of the net prior to ever signing on. But then agian, we get Internet on our phones now, so who's going to foot that bill.

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Re: It is NOT just a click
Jacob   9/16/2011 7:42:35 AM
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Barbara, you are right. Cyber security is a people problem. Its merely depends up on how we are using the data and whether we need to look for someone else data. If we respect others privacy and personality, there should not be any data threat and no need of cyber security. The over enthusiasm to overlook for other’s personal matter is the major concern and it’s purely an attitude issue.

Nemos
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Re: It is NOT just a click
Nemos   9/17/2011 7:44:39 PM
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Education is the base of everything ."Moderation is best" On occasions where neither too much nor too little is a good choice. We can add internet and social Media to this "rule" also.

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The tools created for fun being used for business
prabhakar_deosthali   9/16/2011 2:24:34 AM
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In my opinion , many of the things that evolved on the internet were originally not intended for serious business . They were intended for fun & entertainment. The social networking sites have evolved like that.

Nowadays everything on line is being used for some commercial purpose. The faceless organizations sell products, services to faceless customers. And when money is involved how can the crime be left behind?

We need a new internet which is strictly designed ground up with security as its prime concern and not openness as it is now. 

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Re: The tools created for fun being used for business
Adeniji Kayode   9/16/2011 12:48:53 PM
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You are right, security is a big issue when you talk about internet. the question is can ti ever be resolved, It is not a matter of "rules are made top be broken"

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jbond   9/16/2011 7:13:27 AM
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Cyber security being a people problem is definitely true. No matter what software is in place, if the user clicks on the wrong things, it's their fault not the software. Ultimately if companies are going to allow individuals to access these sites at work they are going to have to educate them about these areas and possibly have punishments in place if they violate them. Sometimes having the negative impacts is the only way to get through to some people.

Barbara Jorgensen
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It's not just a click
Barbara Jorgensen   9/16/2011 8:28:15 AM
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I like that! Good input, readers.

To the point about the Internet being used than otherwise intended--absolutely. That's another topic discussed this week. All of the data that can be mined once a user clicks or logs on to a link is intended for a purpose is widely abused. As a consumer, I hate that. As a business, I realize the value of that data. It's a tough one.

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Re: It's not just a click
Susan Fourtané   9/16/2011 9:45:59 AM
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"As a consumer, I hate that. As a business, I realize the value of that data. It's a tough one."

Barbara, 

I always find it interesting how our perception changes depending on our position as a consumer or as a business. Sometimes I wonder why can't we find an equilibrium in this matter. 

-Susan 

Barbara Jorgensen
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Re: It's not just a click
Barbara Jorgensen   9/16/2011 10:18:38 AM
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Susan--you said it! Sometimes I have to remind myself who our readers are--businesses. The best thing trade publishing ever did for me was to drill home "know your audience". But the consumer side of me occasionally has to rant about some of the things going on behind the curtain. But it has all made me a smarter consumer (I hope) :-)

Susan Fourtané
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Think before you click
Susan Fourtané   9/16/2011 10:44:09 AM
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Thinking before clickling is the logical thing to do, or at least it's what it should be done.

The reason why sometimes in social medial so many people just go on clicking on every shortened link it appears in front of them is the speed of the message torrent. Let's take Twitter, even I have found myself clicking on some links that direct to spam. It's then when I think "I didn't think!" 

Cybercriminals see it easy to hack businesses or individuals because some of these devoted professionals of the cybercrime have been smart and good security IT professionals once, who have turned into the dark side at some point for a variety of reasons. 

Some argue that money is one of the main issues -well, not surprising in times of economical depression. It has been said that cybercrime moves more money than drug dealing, so go figure. And of course very few people think of the ethics of the matter. 

Educating the users in how to protect themselves and their devices is the best practice. It should be promoted and supported as much as possible. 

-Susan 

 

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JADEN   9/17/2011 8:22:10 PM
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Human errors are more responsible for data breaches than hacking, I think people need to be aware of this.  The level of awareness of cybersecurity issues is far below that of public health.  If possible cybersecurity posters at public internet cafe', awareness on social networking sites, is very important.

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RE : Cybersecurity Is a People Problem
tirlapur   9/19/2011 3:34:09 AM
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The most frequent types of problems coming in through these gaps are associated with a well-meaning user clicking on the wrong link.

@Barbara, I feel one of the major reasons for users clicking wrong links is because of URL shortners. because when the user looks at the short URL he doesn't know what link he is clicking.

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eemom   9/19/2011 1:03:38 PM
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This is truly scary.  We adults can click on the wrong link and get hacked.  What about teens and pre-teens?  They are constantly on these social network site, mine use my computer. How do you educate that generation on how to deal with a multitude of situation, some you don't even know or have not yet been explored??

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Hospice_Houngbo   9/19/2011 1:10:11 PM
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@tirlapur: Users being confused with shortened links might not be a valid argument. These "people's security related issues" have existed for long even before the widespread use of URL shortners.

tirlapur
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tirlapur   9/19/2011 1:28:36 PM
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Users being confused with shortened links might not be a valid argument.

@Hospice_Houngbo I disagree with you on this point. Even McAfee acknowledged the threat and is offering safer URL shorteners.

Hospice_Houngbo
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Hospice_Houngbo   9/19/2011 2:25:10 PM
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@tirlapur: I understand your point. I was just saying that this should not be used to justify users "carelessness" online. Shortened urls are just a minor part of the problem.

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Revealing Shortened Links
alawson   9/19/2011 6:15:14 PM
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Here's a site I use when I am unsure about a shortened link:

http://tools.sucuri.net/?page=tools&title=check-url

Protect your data and your business. 

If you don't recognize the sender or are unsure, check before you click.

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Ms. Daisy   9/20/2011 10:45:19 PM
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"If you don't recognize the sender or are unsure, check before you click" or simply delete.

I go with the thought that if it is an important and intended message, the sender will find a better way of communicating a recognizable message!

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Tvotapka   9/22/2011 12:40:01 PM
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Barbara, you're on to something with a campaign. A creative PSA slogan could easily be developed along the lines: "Loose Clicks Sink Ships," or "Only You Can Prevent Cyber Fires," Or "A network is a terrible thing to waste."  Having just spent 3 days recovering from a hard drive crash, I can relate. Even with some of the best screening and security tools onboard, it's still an arms race where cyber-security is concerned.

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pocharle   9/22/2011 8:43:53 PM
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Ms. Daisy,

Although that is true in most cases, what about the situations when you need a communication trail? Even though it's important, email is the best option. Remember, it can be summoned in court cases and counts as reliable eveidence.

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maou_villaflores   9/30/2011 9:08:05 AM
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Just my thoughts about the topic "Cybersecurity" as problem. In the current situation this is really hard to control. I guess the best way to protect ourselves from this crime is to install all encryption and security software.

pocharle
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pocharle   9/30/2011 8:48:10 PM
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maou_villaflores,

That is a layer of protection but not the BEST way to protect ourselves. There are still pretty smart individuals with very sophisticated software that fall prey to simple phishing scams. So, once again, education and awareness ALONG WITH technology is the best approach (with more emphasis on the education part).

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maou_villaflores   10/5/2011 11:27:29 PM
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@Pocharle

I agree with you regarding education and I would also encourage for companies and organization to improve their IT security policies and procedure for the protection of their confidential files and data.

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maou_villaflores   10/5/2011 11:27:32 PM
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@Pocharle

I agree with you regarding education and I would also encourage for companies and organization to improve their IT security policies and procedure for the protection of their confidential files and data.

maou_villaflores
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maou_villaflores   9/30/2011 9:08:06 AM
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Just my thoughts about the topic "Cybersecurity" as problem. In the current situation this is really hard to control. I guess the best way to protect ourselves from this crime is to install all encryption and security software.

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"It's not just a click"
alawson   9/19/2011 6:20:35 PM
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I like Nemos' slogan. I could run with that for days.  

Great article again, Barb.  This is a huge issue and one that can only be battled if we all do our part. Education of our employees (and employers) is the best route, but security to protect us for the 'just in case' is mandatory. I know it seems hackers are always one step ahead...and they are...but only because we have to know the threat before we can battle it. 

Best thing to do is to stay diligent online. Oh, and keep talking about it.  The more we discuss and collaborate, the more knowledge we put on the table.



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