As we reflect on the passing year, it’s clear that 2016 was a tipping point in terms of public awareness of data security issues. It was the year that John Q. Public suddenly became aware of encryption issues, with Apple’s battle with the FBI after the San Bernardino terrorist attack.
It was also the year people pondered how foreign governments could perhaps hack into our election system. The year also showed that the government’s biggest security breach — which resulted in the arrest of an NSA contractor — wasn’t necessarily malicious. It hammered home the idea that some data breaches occur simply because employees don’t take their responsibilities seriously enough.
Though there is an increasing awareness of what kinds of threats we are all vulnerable to, there’s a knowledge gap in how to keep yourself and your business secure — despite our best efforts towards cybersecurity education.
So as you imagine what improvements you can make to your life and your business in 2017, consider adding boosting your cybersecurity to your list of resolutions.