Posted on November 5, 2018

On “security apathy”

I came across a post on another site recently about something I’ve often wondered – whenever there’s a big data breach or security incident involving a well known company in the news it seems to die down very quickly and have little to no effect on the company business. Here’s the post –

https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/where-is-the-consumer-outrage-about-data-breaches-/a/d-id/1333165

I think this covers a potential big issue here, which is as more of these incidents appears in the news (plus all the coverage around GDPR) people may well end up in a state of apathy towards security of their data in general, even to the point of accepting that data breaches and theft are a way of life.

The much bigger fines possible under GDPR will have a much larger impact on the businesses but as the article mentions, unless people can directly associate something personally affecting them (e.g. bank account being compromised) I think it’s going to be hard for a lot of people to justify the extra thought and effort that goes into being safe and secure online.

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