Why Cybersecurity Is Everyone’s Responsibility


There are two types of companies: those who have been hacked, and those who don’t yet know they have been hacked.

Major players in every industry were plagued by security breaches or incidents in 2014, though only the most high profile attacks made their way into the headlines. We found that 100 percent of business networks have traffic going to websites that host malware, and the number of cybersecurity incidents involving U.S. government agencies jumped 35 percent between 2010 and 2013. There is no indication that this is going to subside, and trends show that attacks continue to evolve in their sophistication and frequency. Because of this, it’s no longer a question of if — but when — cybercriminals will get into our networks or data centers.

Last year at the World Economic Forum, I wrote about how the Internet of Everything (IoE) — a global nervous system of networks connecting people, process, data and things — would change the world. Now, one year later, we have already seen the impact. Wearable health and performance monitors, smart cars, smart grids, connected oil rigs, and connected manufacturing have begun to revolutionise the way we work, live, play, and learn.