Access to Our Information: Pros & Cons

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Last month, we posted about the Apple and FBI showdown after the terrorist-driven shooting in San Bernardino in December of 2015. Since then, there has been little resolution. The courts have postponed the trial because the FBI believes they have a way to crack the phone without Apple’s assistance. Regardless of the status of this case, the debate of encryption and privacy is not over, and that’s a good thing.

This is so much more than unlocking one iPhone. Daily, we hear stories of  things that can be hacked. We used to fear someone getting into our computers and making our computers malfunction. Now, there is so much more to fear than losing our documents. Everything is online: bank account numbers, credit  cards, social security numbers, membership information, personal messages, and more. Much of the information we give out, like medical history and insurance information, is stored in a cloud and could be hacked at any time. By making it necessary to have our personal devices be created with the ability to be hacked is really just handing our information over to cybercriminals, isn’t it?

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At the same time, a lack of ability to access information can lead to situations like this where this device may hold answers we need to fight terrorism. If we were able to get into these systems, we could have more insights and more answers to keep us, our families, and our friends safer.

Unfortunately, there is no right answer. Having no way to access a person’s private information is putting the trust in people not to do bad. That trust is what creates the desire to do bad in people, though. On the other hand, making our information accessible is trusting that our information will only be accessed if a case arises like the San Bernardino shooting. The evil in the world that drives people to do bad things is the same motivator that makes people hack others to steal their personal data. The cycle is ongoing.

If you are concerned about your organization’s cybersecurity plan, Heart may be able to help. Contact us at 877.494.3278 to discover where your vulnerabilities lie and how to resolve that.

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