Improve Cyber Security and Encryption with HTTPS

October 10, 2014 | By Editor 


The latest data breach bandwagon is JP Morgan Chase & Co. The leading financial and banking services was hacked by hackers on October 2, 2014. The news surfaced as yet another data breach involving massive financial records of millions of U.S. citizens.


Cyber Security and Encryption Should Improve

The largest bank in America, JPMorgan Chase, announced the huge cyber-attack that compromised the personal details of nearly 75 million consumers and 7 million small businesses. The speculated perpetrators involved in the breach are Russians and possibly state-sponsored.

This incident adds itself to the long list of high-profile security breaches in the past one year.

Last month, retailer Home Depot admitted that around 55 million credit/debit card numbers were compromised during a hack of their systems between April and September this year.

During last year’s holiday season, a busy time for American shoppers, Target acknowledged that 40 million credit/debit cards were compromised between November 27 and December 15.

Yet these data breaches are nothing new to the tech industry. Prior to these data hacks, there were many in the past decade.

In 2007, around 90 million consumer credit/debit cards were hacked when cyber thieves compromised consumer information held by TJMaxx Companies.

Public Sector View Point

Over the years, from a public sector view point, we have seen the inception and rise of the U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) and continued focus on the need to militarize information.

However, data breaches in the private consumer realm pose a consistent concern. Data loss events taking place on a global scale have forced the need to better encryption and security.

Given the diverse and constantly adapting technology, the battle between data hunters and data retainers is a never-ending tug-of-war.

As seen through the long history of data breach experiences, the question is not whether someone will be affected by the loss of personal or financial information, but rather when.

The general consumers should by now understand and appreciate that better technology and the need of convenience naturally create an unmitigated danger. The potential for loss of personal data lurks in every nook and corner of the Web. Indeed, it is impossible to prevent data loss once a network has been hacked. Instead of creating hue and cry over a completed data breach, it is better to improve encryption and security to prevent such incidents in the future.

There is an essential need to educate both businesses and general consumer on what they should do to proactively mitigate the damages inflicted by data hacks, big or small.

Federal, state, and local governments can conduct weekly or monthly seminars or discussions on topics related to cyber security and encryption to improve the awareness among consumers.

This being one side of the equation, the other side is that corporates holding consumer information must reevaluate their security measures. They should find better ways to encrypt and protect the information they store, if they wish to stay afloat in today’s competitive world.

Improve Cyber Security and Encryption

Google’s effort to HTTPS encrypt all websites, is the first but a major step to improve cyber security and encryption. If businesses could follow Google’s advise, there is a good chance of taking Web security and data encryption to the next level.


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