Safety/Security has been a primary concern throughout the history of mankind and it remains the same! It is embedded in our DNA, as DNA carries our genetic information for ages, it is normal for us to live in a safe environment or wear safety gear against accidental situations even if it is uncomfortable. We are quick to adapt past methods & systems for protection but remiss for unknown attacks. Protection comes with a cost, first, it looks like a luxury, eventually it turns into a basic need, it happens mostly after shocking realization.
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need
fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” not
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War
The 21st century is a time of exponential change for mankind. The emerging technologies like Cloud, AI, IoT, Big Data and Blockchain brought us unimaginable opportunities to accomplish both good and bad. Cybercrime is on the rise! Every new connection widens the attack surface, it just takes a few minutes of cyber-incident that can ruin any company or business. Most of the industry experts recognize cybersecurity as a global imperative; there is an immediate need for assessment and review of existing policies, processes and IT systems which help in understanding risks and vulnerabilities. The next action always depends on the importance of business continuity and the value of customers’ confidence in the business.
Cybersecurity is a term generally used to refer security in the computing world. It is a combination of technologies, processes, and practices that are defined and designed to protect IT systems and vital data from threats. It is constantly evolving to minimize the damage, risks and vulnerabilities that can affect people and businesses.
The above infographic depicts the timeline of cybersecurity, it also highlights various attacks that drove the invention of many protective solutions. So far, it has been reactive in nature, providing a remedy for the attacks. Currently, many are working towards proactive threat prevention solutions using AI, Blockchain and other emerging technologies but the game never stops!