Let’s be real. Making yourself a cup of coffee hardly requires any brain power these days, but behind the simplicity of your everyday ritual is a serious threat. Sounds dramatic – and it is. Some may even say it’s overreaching, hypersensitive and reactionary. The truth is your coffee maker has an internet connection. What’s the big deal anyway, you ask? That would make it a SMART Coffee Maker.
Now you have to wonder – does my coffee machine’s Wi-Fi capabilities leave me vulnerable? If you believe the big buzz around the Internet of Things, then yes. Conceivably, if someone – a hacker was able to tap into your unsecured network, who knows what kind of data they could collect. The possibilities are endless. The next question becomes, what will they do with that information?
“As long as humans have shared information with one another, other humans have sought to block, steal, and to tamper with that data,” said Loretta E. Lynch, Attorney General of the U.S.
Innovation requires Conversation. That was the centerpiece of her speech delivered in San Francisco last week at RSA – one of tech’s biggest security conferences in the world.
“How do we advance? How do we grow and protect one of our most essential human assets?” asked Lynch.
It’s a conversation that’s been 25 years in the making. Why the close attention now? Here’s a startling fact: data breaches are happening so often they’re hardly making front page news anymore. In other words – it’s part of everyday life and while big corporations are left to worry about how to protect YOUR data, someday the burden will fall on your shoulders, so why not be in the know?
“Years to come it’s clear that the use of technology is only going to grow and develop further and this is a profoundly great thing. As with every gift we develop, we also have new avenues for a variety of wrong doers.”
HACKERS. TERRORISTS. CRIMINALS.
“These criminals rely on virtual methods to inflict very real damage,” said Lynch.
So how do you protect the ever growing threat to your privacy?
Here’s a hint: encryption. Sounds like something out of an episode of CSI: Cyber but encryption is something millions turn to every day. For example, at this very moment I am working on my home computer, but I’m securing my Wi-Fi connection through a server in another state through a private tunnel. It’s so very James Bond – and who doesn’t feel safe with him?
The RSA Conference wrapped up Friday evening with a closing keynote discussion with Award-winning actor Sean Penn.
Photo by @NaomiKyle
Nineveh Dinha Madsen is a Swedish-born, ethnic Assyrian American Television Personality. She spent a decade working as a journalist.
She's is the Founder & Editor of HER Magazine ™ (www.hermag.co) and is a marketing and media consultant for several companies, including tech giant OpenVPN.
Her passion for writing led her to a long career in television news. She has covered several stories which made national news including the Harrier Jet crash. The coverage won her an Edward R. Murrow award for Spot News.
She's also been recognized by the Associated Press, Utah Broadcasters Association and was voted one of the State's top reporters by Salt Lake's City Weekly Magazine.
In 2008, she worked on a feature called "Know your Roots" which genetically traced her DNA profile to Mesopotamia in 1400 BC, which was part of ancient Assyria. The two part series created a big buzz among Assyrians. Years later she was awarded and recognized in Los Angeles by the Assyrian Community for her excellence in journalism.
She graduated from California State University East Bay with a degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2004.