Dan Levesque
Dan Levesque

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On cybersecurity and the future

listened to an excellent podcast recently between MIT computer scientist Lex Fridman and cybersecurity expert Nicole Perlroth about the growing threat of cyber attacks. I had a few takeaways from this episode that I thought I would share here.

I listened to an excellent podcast recently between MIT computer scientist Lex Fridman and cybersecurity expert Nicole Perlroth about the growing threat of cyber attacks.

I had a few takeaways from this episode that I thought I would share here.

As we push deeper into the 21st Century, it seems like all of these problems are only going to escalate. Cyber attacks are an efficient and effective weapon for both state and non-state actors to deploy. As more and more of our society becomes digitized and connected, we become increasingly exposed.

The chances that anyone reading this makes it through the next decade without experiencing some sort of cyber attack or ransomware attack that causes a major inconvenience is extremely small.

So this is a basic reminder for me, and one I think it's worthwhile passing on as well: turn on two-factor authentication, backup any data that you can't afford to lose, and act online as though you've already been hacked (this way, if/when it does happen, it's not a big deal).

I think I'll consider picking up Nicole Perlroth's book on cyber security  in the near future.

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