As I write this, our society is amid an economic collapse and social closure the likes of which no one in our lifetime has ever seen. People everywhere are trying to create some kind of certainty so that they can plan their future, get back to their “day job” and feel safe while resuming a normal, active life. While the recovery process will be long and the challenges many, when we emerge on the other side it’ll be our uniquely American characteristics which help us triumph.
A recent op-ed in USA Today perfectly summarized the opportunity this pandemic presents: In recovering and rebuilding, every American should contribute and can do so by utilizing our most unique quality: ingenuity. While many characteristics define us as a nation, ingenuity is the engine which drives our success.
As each industry sector finds ways to contribute, the technology sector has its own unique role to play. Among the many advancements that have proved essential during this time, technology has allowed for productive work away from an office and schooling at a distance, automation has reduced in person interactions and supercomputing has helped model the spread of the disease. It is important that while we adopt new technologies and further embed others ever deeper into our daily lives, we consider how to secure those devices and the networks on which they function. As we apply techniques in the physical world to keep us healthy – handwashing, social distancing – we must also implement cyber hygiene principles to keep our networks healthy.
Implementing cyber hygiene means your organization is less likely to battle common cybersecurity issues. Utilizing a cyber terrain modeling tool like RedSeal as part of regular cyber hygiene practices means executives and business leaders can automatically view and monitor their network and identify potential problems before they manifest. This allows organizations to make better decisions about where to allocate budget and funding and to put greater focus on their primary goals.
Technology can both contribute to solutions and help guard against the challenges we face. Practicing good cyber hygiene keeps businesses healthy so executives and business leaders can focus on what really matters—producing original and inventive ways to improve our society and creating a future we all want to live in.