Today was a day for milestones... I've reached 10 years with Westfield and my 8 month old starting saying da da.
10 years ago information security meant keeping up with anti-virus, and making sure you sent your e-mail to the right person. People were concerned about locking their doors, and making sure their checkbooks were still in their possession. Schemes weren’t as complex as they are today.
Today information security is almost as complex as the brain teasers you can pick up at the local toy store. You still need to keep your doors locked, but now you need to make sure you clean the circle the GPS device leaves on your windshield so your car doesn't get broken into. You also need to shred every document which could remotely leak your identity. If that's not enough, you need to keep your computer as secure as Fort Knox, with anti-virus software, personal firewalls, anti-spyware, anti-spam, and quite a few more anti-products that are widely available. If people are willing to dig through trash cans, and spend countless numbers of hours creating viruses what could tomorrow hold in store?
What is information security going to be like in 10 years? Will your home computer be joined by many other devices requiring all of the anti products above? Will your car need them, so a hacker doesn't program it to follow their car back to a chop shop? Will you have to use your fingerprint to access any computer information, including your email? Will your cell phone be capable of communicating with a maintenance robot doing your laundry, as it senses an intruder breaking into your home?
The message here is that we don’t know what is coming next, but it doesn’t mean that we can let our guard down. The best we can do is to educate ourselves and others to help protect the future and prepare for the unexpected.
I'm interested in hearing others thoughts on this topic? Please drop a comment, and help us keep the future secure.