Cybersecurity: a problem of training

The recent worldwide cyber attack has bring back an old issue regarding computer and, more in general, company security. Are in fact our data well protected? Such a question is very important, especially in a world where almost all aspect of life are directed by a computer connected to the internet.

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More than 200,000 machines worldwide have been attacked, apparently using well known breaches of old Microsoft operating system. Big companies and institutions, such as Renault and NHS, had to stop their services.

How is possible a crush at this scale? Symantec and Datto have recently taken a survey regarding ransomware and viruses spreading across companies and corporations with managed service providers.

Infographic: Ransomware: Who's Affected & Why | Statista You will find more statistics at Statista

The results are pretty surprising. In fact more than one out of three infections are due to lack of employees training (eg. operating system or antivirus software not updated) , while a big 68% is due to a combination of malware arriving through email or risky websites. Only a 6% is related to technical or security weakness of the company’s network system.

The vast majority of problems thus is due to a misuse of computers and software… A problem that could be easily solved investing few money on tech skills update courses!

Terrorism is a global concern? Then it needs a global effort

Following London’s attack of March 22nd the whole world has fallen back into fear for terrorism and its implications: less freedom of movement, our lifestyle threatened and a global tension in states relationships to name few.

It must be said that an attack was expected. A poll of YouGov taken in late 2016 in fact, showed that more than 50% in France, UK, Germany and USA considered probable a terrorist attack in their countries.

Infographic: Many People Expect Terrorist Attacks in 2017 | Statista You will find more statistics at Statista

The concern for terrorism is also not a “western” issue, many islamic and oriental countries have concerns about attacks and terrorism’s related problems, with Turkey leading the group of most concerned countries.

Infographic: The Countries Worrying The Most About Terrorism | Statista You will find more statistics at Statista

An age analysis suggest most dangerous individuals are those over 30 years old, meaning radical extremists are those who were supposed to be more integrated in the local culture and way of life.

Infographic: Most UK Terror Suspects And Convicts Are More Than 30 Years Old | Statista You will find more statistics at Statista

Being thus terrorism a global problem, having its roots not only in middle eastern countries, a global coordinated effort  is required in order to mitigate its effects. A war to potentials terrorist’s origin countries it’s not enough, a dialog with younger generations must be the goal for a full integration of our cultures.