If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that a little bit of prevention saves us from a whole lot of trouble. But while you’ve been washing hands, wearing masks, and sanitizing high-touch surfaces, have you given any thought to your cybersecurity?
October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and it’s the perfect time to give your digital life a health check-up, especially if you’ve been working away from the office or using your devices more than usual. Your first stop should be the Get Cyber Safe website, where you’ll find all kinds of great tips and features on how to protect your accounts, devices, and connections. They’ll be featuring different resources each week of the month on their Cyber Security Awareness Month page, and there’s even a contest you can enter via their social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).
Then, if you’re interested in learning more, or if you’re not yet convinced that this is something you really need to care about, check out these books that investigate the concept of cyber security from a variety of perspectives:
You might recognize this author and academic from his website Schneier on Security or from his work with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In this book, he “reveals the unsettling ways in which corporations and governments track and monitor everyday activities, profiling the technological, legal, and social solutions available for enabling better privacy and avoiding cybercrime.”
To get an industry perspective, Brad Smith, the president of Microsoft, offers “frank insights into the responsibilities of companies that create technology to work with governments, keep pace with innovation and safeguard their innovations from being used as weapons.”
Providing a government perspective is former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, who “outlines powerful arguments for new laws and policies to protect society and individual autonomy from cyber-security threats.”
(descriptions provided by Novelist Plus)