Comics and cartoons often make us laugh, and some of them help us spring into action or get us thinking about the “bigger picture.” They are all typically lighthearted enough to show your friends, family, and colleagues. So we’ve rounded up some of the best editorials on the topic of infosec. Let these inspire lively discussions about the state of information security between you and those you share them with!
Cloud computing has become the norm for many of us over the past few years. We even recommend backing up your data by having it automatically saved and synced to the cloud! However, just because it’s an amazing service doesn’t mean it comes without flaws. Your data might be securely backed up, but don’t let your IT department go yet! Like this comic warns, all the information you keep in your cloud could still be compromised. Remember the big celebrity photo leak in 2014? Or the many outages Amazon Web Services have encountered over the years? Keep using your cloud computing and data storage service, but don’t dismiss your IT department just yet!
The world is seeing an increase in cyber security threats and, we hope, is beginning to take them more seriously. Just last week Germany announced it would begin developing a cyber command with status equal to their military. Here in the U.S. we also have a cyber security command, but until recently, their hiring practices had been too strict. Our founder, Winn Schwartau has always had strong opinions about the hiring practices in the cyber security world. If national and private security ventures hire people based on their merits and skills over physicalities, we will be headed in the right direction.
People often credit the comic here on the left as one of the most famous infosec comics since it was published by The New Yorker in 1993. There have been plenty of updated renditions of Peter Steiner’s iconic cartoon, most of them similar to the comic on the right, which was published in 2015 also by The New Yorker. There are few places on the internet that still guarantee total anonymity. The sites that do are well protected, require an unconventional browser, or are sometimes illegal. The time when no one knew who we were on the other side of the screen is a distant memory for most of us, and was never a reality for younger generations. There are plenty of pros and cons to internet privacy, you could spend hours debating them and coming up with more. The fact is, unless you’re very particular, your internet browser knows who you are.
It’s amazing that we can go out into the world and there’s free wifi for us to connect our phones and laptops to. It’s almost too good to be true! Well it can be, if you use a VPN or a Virtual Private Network. Nothing will ruin the idea of an open internet source faster than identity theft. Even at your neighborhood coffee shop (or lemonade stand) where you’re sure you know everyone, use a VPN.
All it takes is a small, non-technical mistake to cause a security breach. From forgetting to log off our computers to creating weak passwords, we all have tendencies to not be the best security experts. Luckily all it takes to cut down on threats brought on by simple human error is education! If you’re looking for a great security program for your company, you’re in the right place! Just keep in mind, no matter how many antivirus programs and firewalls you have protecting your information, cyber criminals preserver and have creative ways of getting to your data.