Cyber threats are becoming ever-more sophisticated. And as our reliance on digital technologies grows, the potential risk associated with the loss or disruption of vital data expands as well.
At an individual level, a successful cyber attack can result in devastating consequences, ranging from identity theft to extortion attempts. Businesses are likewise extremely vulnerable, both in terms of experiencing a breach of valuable company and customer data, and from attacks designed to disrupt their operations. And as if that were not enough, many of the organizations the world depends most heavily on (such as power plants, hospitals, and financial service companies) rely on critical digital infrastructures—infrastructures that are under constant threat of cyber attack.
When used effectively, cyber security has the power to defend individuals and organizations against unauthorized data and system access that could lead to compromised identities, loss of intellectual property, disruption of essential services, and more. Companies that store customer data have an even greater responsibility to safeguard it against threat vectors of all kinds, and data-protection laws help ensure that organizations that fail to do so can be held accountable. As such, cyber security should be a priority for everyone.