Why You Should Care About the Future of Cyber Security

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Written by Alayna Okerlund | Last Updated February 24th, 2020
Alayna Okerlund is a finance-focused Senior Content Strategist at BestCompany.com. Over the past three years, Alayna's finance-related research has helped readers feel more financially confident. She has worked with several reputable experts and has provided content for a variety of well-known publications like Forbes, Reader’s Digest, Lifehacker, and more.
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As technology continues to advance, so does cyber crime. And as more technology is available to the public, there is a greater output of data, which ultimately leads to more opportunities for security breaches.

What Security Specialists Are Doing

Because technology is growing so quickly, predicting future online threats and breaches is quite difficult; however, according to techrepublic.com, professional security specialists employ methods like “scenario planning” in the cyber security workforce. Scenario planning produces various possible cyber threat scenarios that are much more advanced than simple predictions.
 
Cyber Security professionals are constantly developing new skills and methods like scenario planning to defeat online security threats. However, with constant technological developments, it has proven difficult to stay ahead of cyber security threats.

What the Government Is Doing

According to securityintelligence.com, the government has instituted specific regulations to protect outgoing data in both the public and private sector. Although the government’s efforts help, there is still a growing demand for online protection. For this very reason, the future of cyber security partially rests in the hands of the public.

What the Public Should Be Doing

The reality of cyber attacks has motivated many large businesses and organizations to prepare themselves for online breaches and hacks. However, the general public doesn’t seem as driven. Despite an influx of security products, like antivirus and anti-malware software (available to businesses as well as individuals), many people still don't understand the importance of cyber security.
 
A forbes.com article explains that practicing proper “cyber security hygiene” should become a habit for everyone who uses technology. The article proposes that people need to become aware of phishing threats with data/email and use strong, original passwords.
 
Even if you don't invest in cyber security software, you can still mitigate your risk for cyber attack by avoiding the over sharing of personal information, being aware of recent cyber breaches, and being cautious when making online purchases. These habits may seem paranoid to some, but it is important to understand that cyber threats are common, vicious, and often leave victims behind feeling confused and overwhelmed.
 
You can avoid becoming a victim by preparing for security threats, specifically identity theft. Check out this detailed list of ranked and reviewed identity theft companies on bestcompany.com.

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