The rapid expansion of the internet and social media in everyday life is making privacy and security almost an impossibility and the proliferation of technology and our reliance on it in daily life increases the risk factor exponentially.
Governments and the largest firms in the world struggle in the fight against malware and cyber attacks and both have armies of the best minds in the business trying to protect them. The general public is woefully ill-equipped in navigating the cyber world and desperately needs at least basic training and skills.
Studies show that the two age groups most at risk are the young and elderly people. Cyber security is often ignored or thought of only as an after-fact. Primarily perceived as a distant or unlikely scenario, cyber security incidents too often lead to blackmail, financial losses through direct business or penalties, reputational damage or legal issues.
In most cases analysed, cyber security risk is not factored at all and often, basic principles would go a long way in protecting the breached party. We believe in the old adage that everyone has security requirements and that awareness can lead to much better protection and basic understanding towards managing information in a life dependent on Information Technology.
We believe that these courses will usher in a new state of understanding of cyber risk and help instil a security first culture. Awareness of possible attack vectors as well as the visualisation of risk and ill effects will help all age demographics. The young will learn early on to think about safety and security, protecting themselves and eventually thinking of new avenues to explore. Older generations would be better equipped to approach the unknown world of cyber presence and be cognisant towards hidden effects of cyber stalkers and other dangers.
Studies show that the most common form of breach occurs from avoidable user errors or missteps. Early exposure to cybercrime, combined with training on how to inform oneself, sniff out potentially malicious scams and leverage tools for self-defence will also promote a better security mindset for future business and society in general.