Have you noticed all the recent storylines about cybercrime on television? Several episodes of “The Good Wife” focus on technology issues ranging from hacked emails to online privacy to ransomware (a type of malware that restricts access to the computer system it infects and demands a ransom paid to the creator of the malware in order for the restriction to be removed). And of course, the latest version of the CSI franchise is titled “CSI: Cyber,” whereby all episodes focus on online crime.
This increased attention on cybercrime and resulting emphasis on cybersecurity are definitely a positive move in the right direction. The attention is much appreciated by the technology industry overall, but specifically by professionals in the infosecurity arena, who talk about cybersecurity awareness on a daily basis. This is because a large part of our jobs has become alerting leadership teams and Boards of Directors about the consequences of data breaches and the importance of implementing security awareness programs and business continuity programs.
With a spotlight shining on cybercrime, Twitter conversations and Facebook posts increase around these TV shows and actors. And with an increase in interest in these important matters, the result may be that your business may be just a little safer – thanks to television.
You never know when an employee will receive an email from an unknown source, and in a split second will make a decision NOT to open the email because he/she doesn’t recognize the sender. The employee recalls an episode from a TV show that showed how an entire company’s email system was hacked and customer database was breached from a virus in a single email. Your employee made a decision based on a TV show.
Of course, a possibility of so much cybercrime on TV may be that the bad guys get some ideas. What TV starts, sometimes, the bad guys will finish.
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