Your organization has been hit with a catastrophic ransomware attack. Most of the critical digital systems that your business needs in order to function—at the most basic level—are offline. Your CEO has received a ransom note demanding money. If no payment is sent, the attack will continue indefinitely, and the company may never regain access to much or all of the compromised data.
On one hand, you need to ensure academic freedom and equal access to just about everything online for all students. On the other, you need to ensure that the network is locked down and completely hacker-proof. These requirements seem completely contradictory at best and, of course, they are.
The economics of cyber security are completely lopsided. There are a seemingly infinite number of cyber security risks out there, with more and more popping up every day. Hackers appear to have unlimited resources, and cybercriminals are literally reinvesting their lucrative profits into new and innovative ways to exploit, extort, and steal from your organization.
Apps are awesome. I don’t need to tell you that. Just look at your phone or tablet or both. They probably have a boatload of Apps on them already.
I bet you have already installed many of the usual suspects such as Angry Birds, Instagram, Facebook, some sort of Twitter client, WhatsApp and maybe even a few work related ones like Evernote and DropBox. And of course if you’re good Canadian, you’re likely to have The Weather Network App installed! We take our weather seriously up here.
Think about the kind of things you share on Facebook. Most things people post are not necessarily super private moments, but what seems like no big deal information at the time could really be opening you up to substantial risk online.
Here’s a few examples.
I’ve seen a lot of Twitter friends lately who have either been hacked or have started selling Viagra as a side gig. As a public service, here’s how I play it safe on Twitter and do my best to keep those nasty folks out of my account.
I’m going to break it to you simple and easy. I know you don’t want to hear this, but yes… someone else is working on the exact same idea for a product / business / startup / app / book / event / whatever that you are.
Hackathons are not an efficient or effective “process” to create and launch finished commercial products nor are they as well organized or comprehensive as traditional conferences.
At a Hackathon, you don’t make small talk… you make something happen.