2012: The Year of Security

2012 will be the Year of Security if you will do your part by being vigilant, reporting cyber crimes and sending letters to your political representatives. You're either part of the solution or part of the problem.

It's time to look to the new year for a renewed interest in security and there are few things that raise hackles like security, security discussions or security breach news. Therefore, I'm declaring that 2012 is the Year of Security. Security is the number one concern for business owners because it is the weakest link in any organization's arsenal. Why? Because no one individual or group can stay ahead of every security threat, hack, vulnerability, malware, virus or attack that currently exists or may exist in the future. The best that you can hope for is to halt as many attacks as possible with all available resources at your disposal.

Some of those resources are:

  • Vendor-supplied security fixes and patches
  • Up-to-date anti-virus and anti-malware software
  • Firewalls
  • Your own security team
  • Virtual private networks
  • Enforced password policies
  • Directory security (LDAP, AD, NIS+)
  • Physical security
  • Education
  • Multi-factor authentication

2012 is the Year of Security because, we as IT professionals and business people, have to draw a line in the virtual sand against security threats and those who perpetrate them. We have to enact stronger laws against cyber terrorism, illegal hacking, security compromises, viruses, malware, spyware and the individuals behind them.

I think it's time to declare war on security breaches and those behind them. We should place heavy economic and financial sanctions on countries that harbor these people or that condone their actions. We need to take a strong stance against all illegal cyber activities. The loss to businesses is in the multiple billions of dollars and it's time to say, "Stop."

It will require the cooperation of all the world's law enforcement agencies and InterPol to stop this threat and to end it. Those countries that do not enter the cyber crimes pact will face sanctions and those countries that condone or do not prosecute such activities will be considered a worldwide security threat. Repeat offenses should be considered an act of war.

2012 is the year to stop all types of cyber crime by an official declaration as the Year of Security.

Action is what we need to make this happen. Contact your government officials and request that they put cyber crime at the top of their agendas for the coming year. Explain about lost revenue, stolen information and the threat to national security; hopefully some of the information and the necessity of doing something about it will sink in to their self-serving brains. I would like to see politicians speak out against cyber crime and to tell us how they're going to make changes in order to stop it. But, we, the people, have to put pressure on them to do so.

Let's make 2012 the Year of Security by helping law enforcement capture cyber criminals by reporting spam, viruses, abuse, cyberbullying, illegal images and stolen information. Be vigilant and be ready to step up and become part of the solution against cyber crime.