January 05, 2018
There are thousands of cyberattacks every day in the United States, says William Pelgrin, co-founder of CyberWA Inc.in Chatham, New York, an exclusive cybersecurity service for executives, celebrities, politicians and others.
In 2016, cybercriminals stole a total of $16 billion from 15.4 million U.S. consumers, according to a report by Javelin Strategy & Research. The real number likely is higher because not all victims may have reported the crime — or even realized they were attacked.
To prevent a cyberattack before it begins, it’s important to be aware of two glaring misconceptions about the internet. The first is that it can be both the most efficient and most secure communication tool in history — it cannot be both. Rather, the efficiency originally baked into the internet and, now, the internet of things (the network of digitally linked objects and machines, which includes everything from smart homes to Bluetooth - activated headphones) makes cybercrime inevitable.
Computer operating systems and applications are typically written with security in mind, but it often is a priority second to function.
Secondly, governments, universities and companies all play a crucial role in making the internet safe. In reality, the sheer size and complexity of the internet means that individuals also need to play active roles in security, recognizing that it takes a scammer only one successful infiltration to irreparably damage an individual’s welfare.