Sentinel Alarm’s president, Ivan Spector, recently attended the Electronic Security Exposition, where he had the opportunity to hear a presentation given by Phil Celestini, Senior Executive FBI Representative to the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command. Mr. Celestini’s presentation was centered on the new threat that cyber-criminals pose to the public. Here are some of the main points addressed by Mr. Celestini:
- Cyber-crimes will total over 2 trillion dollars by the year 2019, and this figure does not take into account the corruption and manipulation of data that may occur.
- These days, most people have one or more devices that connect to the Internet, such as smartphones, laptops, tablets and desktops. Now with the introduction of smart homes, people’s thermostats, televisions, security systems, fridges and Wi-Fi routers can also be connected.
- There has been an increase in ransomware, which is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid. Just recently, the University of Calgary was targeted and decided to pay the ransom sum as opposed to running the risk of the losing world class research data that resides on their servers.
The Internet makes our lives simpler and more efficient, but it also increases the risk of a security breach. We’ve created a list of 10 tips on how you can help secure your devices against cyber-criminals.