It’s about time Google decided to care about those of us who choose to browse the Internet from a Mac. In all seriousness, long gone are the days when Mac users can live under the security blanket of obscurity, fueled by the assumption that no one bothers to write viruses for MacOS. The threat of infection is real and so should be the tools we use to defend against it.
This is a perfect example of a shift from quantity to quality in terms of the Chinese cyber threat.
This article is a great reminder that we cannot forget about older threats and malware versions simply because we are currently doing battle with the latest and greatest versions of ransomware. There are plenty of ways to lose data, so we cannot allow ourselves to be distracted by an enemy at the front door while another slips in via the side door.
I have shared these statistics before, but they warrant a second turn. Ransomware is growing at an alarming rate. We should not turn a blind eye to this threat, nor should we fall into the trap of assuming the IT security community and the media are overreacting. I do not believe ransomware is a fad, no more than the alarm around increased retail breaches was a fad. These are real issues that are alive and well and continuing to propagate. Unfortunately, we are becoming desensitized. It’s just another breach. This is just another version of crypto-evil. Please don’t feed the beast of cyber criminal behavior by losing focus and failing to take these threats seriously.
Yes, there will be another new, flashy threat somewhere down the road that will recapture our attention. This will happen sooner rather than later. But the emergence of a new threat does not make the reality of older threats go away. The good news is that all the precautions we take today and all the training we deliver to end users and all the layers of security we add to our environments will be beneficial today, tomorrow, and long into the future. We need…we are creating a culture and ecosystem of IT security. Don’t give up and please remain vigilant.
This is a well written article and a very serious topic. I agree completely that conversation needs to be moved forward. Critical infrastructure is a target by both rogue entities and nation states and we need sound defenses.
This is a great Top 5 list from the good people at ESET. It is well worth a read.
Operational security is of paramount importance. Just ask the ISIS member who found himself staring down a missile strike due to his social media post. I am glad to see the US Air Force addressing this problem.