Cybersecurity is increasingly a topic on everyone’s radar, highlighted most recently by the online attack on Dyn that left users unable to access services such as Twitter, Spotify, Netflix, Amazon, Tumblr, Reddit, PayPal and other sites for up to 11 hours this weekend.
In this current climate, it is no surprise then that WIRED’s inaugural security event was so popular. Curated to explore, explain and predict new trends, threats and defences in cybersecurity the one-day event took place last week in London and aimed to ‘highlight the converging trends and risks that will define the threats of the future and stimulate innovation’, notably, the sales pitch, or rather sinister warning to delegates was to ‘be there or be hacked.’
For those of us that couldn’t attend in person, however, we followed the conversation through #WIREDsecurity as it trended on Twitter.
Somewhat unanimously, there was a call for culture change in how we view data, and respect its value. Australian security specialist Troy Hunt has tracked website breaches for the past three years, discovering hackers use of freely-available software to source vast amounts of data, and called for a big change to happen through disincentivising businesses that are subject to breaches.