Join Mandy Huth for an in-depth discussion in this video FUD! (Fear, uncertainty, and doubt), part of Security Matters (To Everyone).
(upbeat music) - [Mandy Huth] Central Banks says hacker siphoned 15 million dollars from companies. Company communication breach affects millions, even worse, hacking of government computers impacts 21.5 million people. Wait, people. Let's take a step back. All this noise can be really disturbing.
In the information security world, we call that fear, uncertainty, and doubt. Or F.U.D. Many of you have seen the movie Chicken Little, right? The little chicken goes, "Oh my God, the sky is falling!" News is meant to be sensational. It's meant to get a reaction out of you. Information security is not like that. It's about creating risk awareness and understanding your data, knowing how to keep your data safe, and to treat it just like it it, which is private.
There's an analogy I like to use around international travel. If you're going to a big city, let's say you're going to Paris. (upbeat music) You wouldn't walk up to the Eiffel Towel, pull out your wallet and say, "How am I going to spend this thousand dollars I brought with me?" It just attracts a lot of attention. Instead, to get prepared, you'd want to make sure that you understand where is your embassy? What are the medical conditions that may exist there? Did I need a vaccine? How do I get around? And what places do I stay away from? Information security is the same way.
When you go onto the web, make sure you go to safe sites. You can safely say your banking site is safe. If you're gonna go shop, you can to go someplace like an Amazon and feel secure that your data is going to be handled appropriately. What you don't wanna do is go to these sites that are too good to be true and trying to say you won a grand prize. Your data is important, but you don't have to overthink it. Travel safely on the internet, use safe practices, and if you're unsure, leave it out.