Security is the degree or the level of protection one gets or feels against harm. There are varied security concerns/ factors that may cause harm to the well being of an individual and hamper his/ her quality of life. Of the varied security threats many are apparent while many are hidden.
People worldwide are adopting varied methods to keep themselves, their loved ones and their possessions out of harm’s way. It is a complicated process to keep security to the optimum and the best can be done only when the individuals are well aware and educated.
1. The Worth Of Security Clearance
Security clearance is granted by the US government to individuals or companies who are then eligible to access the classified information; a person/ company cannot attain such clearances on their own. About 53% of the average security cleared professional works 40hrs and about 30.3% are between 25-34yrs of age. Source
2. The State Of Application Security
Talking about the apps from a security manager’s perspective it has been found that only 11% of the security managers think their company’s apps are secure. Of the rest 51% believe their apps are vulnerable while about 48% of these security managers are not sure how frequently their apps are targeted by hackers. Source
3. The Reach Of The Breach- The Biggest Security Breaches Of All Time
Identity theft tops the list of most common breached with 19% of all the breaches being identity thefts. The list of biggest data breaches include Heartland Payment Systems in 2009 (cost of breach being $7800mn), Sony Corporation, 2011 and TJX Companies Inc, 2007. Source
4. Snapshots Of Security Concern In America
The security concern index of the US citizens has risen even higher from 20.6% in 2010 to an all time high in 2011. The people seem to be most concern about their personal information, their credit card security, national security and medical obligations etc. Source
5. Why You Should Care About Mobile Security
Though there are benefits of using mobile devices one must also note that they are inherently insecure. For example they can be lost/ stolen and if not the device- info can be stolen over wireless networks. There have been numerous mobile device breaches and malware apps that make mobile security an issue of concern. Source
6. Wi-Fi Networks Security
Wi-Fi, a communications technology has connected households worldwide. But surfing with open Wi-Fi connections can lead to malicious hacking practices. 25% of the households in the world use wireless connections and about 49% of these Wi-Fi networks are unsecured. Source
7. Cyber security risk assessments
In 2011 44million UK organisations suffered cyber attacks causing damage between £18bn and £27bn. Of these 80% attacks could have been prevented, thus every business must keep themselves protected by taking simple steps like malware protection and user awareness/ education etc.
8. Security Breaches- Growth & Trends
In 2011 alone $48bn were lost in data breaches. As per records the highest number of security breaches occurred in the healthcare industry followed by education institutions, government, finance, other business etc. The surprising part is that most of these breaches could have been avoided with minor steps like data access control, secure data backup, encryption etc.
9. Online Security
It is a risky decision deciding which website to trust with personal info when making online purchase, because even today 75% of online retailers till fail to adopt online security practices.
10. Bugs In Your Open Source Code
Flaws or defects in the software used by the various websites/ portals puts all the users at a risk of security. The industries that are at a greater risk due to poor quality software include- healthcare, airlines, finance, telecommunications, defence, utilities and government etc.
11. Minding Your Cloud
Some 748 IT and IT security practitioners participated in a survey regarding the progress of cloud security. About 79% of these participants say their organisation uses SaaS and about 55% say SaaS is important to meeting IT and data processing needs today.
12. Cyber Attack Safety
The cyber space has made lives easier but it is also a dangerous place. Stats show that the annual cost of cyber crime was estimated around $8.9bn; and that there were 174mn incidents of compromised data in 2011. Also 12 million people become victims of identity thefts every year.
13. Wireless Home Security Systems
With technology taking over most of the sphere of our being, the buzz around home automation has also grown- statistically by about 300% in 2011. About 1 million people were recorded to have searched for home security in 2011.
14. Social Security
The Congressional Budget Office will provide social security benefits to 56million people i.e. 1/6 of the population in 2011. Also the worker to beneficiary ratio has fallen from 4.9 in 1960 to 2.8 in 2010; it is projected to fall to 1.9 workers for each social security beneficiary by 2035.
15. Information Security Workforce
The information security professionals participated in a survey regarding information security issues in industries worldwide. As per the survey about 69% participants said that the biggest threat and vulnerability concern in their organisation was the “application vulnerabilities”.
16. Cloud Security- Concerns & Planning
The top most concerns that arise in adopting of cloud technology include data security concerns, IT governance, compliance & regulatory issues, viability of third party service providers. To curb these one can plan for better security over cloud by data protection, infrastructure security and compliance monitoring.
17. Google vs. Facebook On Privacy & Security
As per a security checklist both have similar security features except for that the secure “https” is enabled on the entire Google site by default while it is optional on facebook. Also, as per the privacy checklist including a bunch of privacy settings for the user one may believe Google to be more secure.
18. Smartphone Wi-Fi security In Focus
The most popular Wi-Fi spots include public places like subways, libraries, malls, airports and coffee shops. But one must remember that 89% of the public Wi-Fi hotspots are unsecured. Spam, hackers, malware, phishing and data leakages are the top threats faced by those using unsecure Wi-Fi spots.
19. The Strength Of Your Password
Password theft is a huge issue facing all the internet users. We must thus steer clear of the basic weak password characteristics like family/ friend names, previously used passwords and keyboard patterns/ swipes etc.
20. 2,095,006,005 Internet Users Worldwide
About 30% of the world population uses internet with 8 new people joining the crowd every second. There are many interesting facts about the internet like about 60hrs of video is uploaded every minute on YouTube, there are about 250million tweets per day and about 800 million Facebook updates per day.