How Secure is our Tech Security?

by Jeff Wiener on June 2, 2011

With last month’s well-publicized security breaches at Sony and Honda leaving the technology market, and not to mention consumers, on edge, I doubt I’m the only one asking questions about online corporate security. The fact is, aside from the obvious corporate cybercrime victims, there’s another technology market that’s coming under serious fire, and that’s the online security market itself.

While I’m sure that some companies like Sony may develop and maintain their own security systems, systems that seem incapable of repelling hacker attacks, the truth is that many companies rely on security companies to provide and maintain their online security. But what happens when it’s those security companies themselves who are coming under fire from cybercriminals?

Beyond the well-documented online security breaches, companies like McAfee, RSA, and LastPass, companies that many of us rely on to provide us with security and peace of mind, have been found to be increasingly vulnerable to hacker attacks, which raises the obvious questions, what are we paying these companies for, and, are we safe?

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that your online security software does nothing, only that the cybercrime epidemic is reaching a point where even the most secure websites may no longer be totally trustworthy. As with any online transaction that involves our personal information, there’s risk involved, and that level of risk is steadily increasing.

In fact, I do have to wonder why with all the money we all seem to dish out every month to preserve our security, why these companies can’t afford to attract to same expertise we’re now seeing on a daily basis from the underground hacker community. I mean, I understand the lure of being a countercultural rogue, but this is just insane.

All this and I haven’t even mentioned that as I’m writing this I’ve come across a story detailing ongoing hacks again at Sony, as a group of cybercriminals is apparently trying to bring the entire company to its knees.

If our best security minds can’t protect a leader in the tech community, what hope for security do you and I have? Of course the answer to that question lies in the fact that many of us don’t have anything that hackers want, but if we did, would we be safe?

Now I don’t want to come across as paranoid, simply frustrated; frustrated that these breaches seem indicative of the insecurity of the entire technology market, frustrated because I live and breathe in that market.

Is there an answer to all this? If there is, I certainly don’t have it, aside from preaching the same care and discretion with our personal information that I’ve always preached. It is our information after all.

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