Are we in the Cyber wildwest? The cyber attacks continue to come and they come from people so we need to start talking about the Cyber landscape in a meaning way that is clear about the current situation we are in.
If we look at the moment the legal system generally is only able to deal with Cyber attacks that have originated or at least appear to have originated in the same country as the legal system. Even in the circumstances where the attacker appears to be in the same country the law enforcement agencies are often turning away people as they are unable to help either due to lack of skills or lack of capacity.
Some of the terms used to describe the current situation include:
- Cyber War
- Cyber Choas
- Cyber Wildwest
- Cyber Attacks
- Data Breaches
So if we pick a term that helps people understand that they can and will be attacked and the decision to get help is their decision alone. There is no government or law enforcement agency coming to help them. Even insurance companies are only able to perform cleanup after the cyber attack. Ultimately each person and company needs to apply cyber protections or be hacked. This is why governments, insurance companies and large companies are introducing cyber regulations and requiring more cyber protections for companies as they understand they are unable to stop or prosecute most cyber attacks.
The wildwest was a lawless time where families and companies had to provide their own protection.
Cyber Wildwest is the term that best describes this current situation, and highlights the importance of getting protection. So next time you talk about Cyber Security with someone mention we are in the Cyber Wildwest and even ask what cyber protections they have at their company.
We would recommend reaching out to the Cyber Experts at Vertex Cyber Security to help you figure out the protections for your company. Vertex Cyber Security helps hundreds of companies including tech companies, Small and Medium Businesses, large TOP50 ASX with their Cyber Security protections.