This year’s IP EXPO Manchester was a huge success, with IT and technology professionals coming from far and wide to watch keynotes, technology demos and get involved with discussion panels.
If there was a common theme throughout this year’s northern iteration of IP EXPO, it was the increasingly-important topic of security. With the recent rise in phishing emails and large-scale data breaches, a sense of community was present when talking about the security and safety of our data. Questions such as ‘Who do we blame?’ and ‘Is our way of transacting unsafe and outdated?’ were pressing issues across both days, and Dr Daniel Dresner’s panel discussion brought about a very interesting question:
Who Do We Hold Responsible for Data Breaches?
If somebody breaks into a car, and steals it, or into a supermarket, and runs away with the stock, you blame the thief, it’s common sense. When a theft happens in the cyber world however, suddenly the finger is pointed at the corporation or business that held the data in first place. This lead to a valid debate about the way in which we expect organisations and businesses to have one hundred percent security over our data, when in actual fact many businesses are under delivering in terms of information security and only seem to invest heavily after a disaster or theft has happened.
The Need to Modernise How We Use and Distribute Information
Next up for the panel was a discussion on how the information we use to transact online could be seen as outdated and easily obtainable. Credit and debit card numbers, a technology decades old, isn’t particularly difficult to obtain from a criminal’s point of view. When we have technologies as advanced and secure as biometric access, why are we so heavily reliant on strings of digits and expiry dates that can be so easily stolen? The panel took on some serious issues, challenging our approach and attitude to cyber security on a global scale.
What Does this Mean For The Future of Cyber Security?
The take home message on security from IP EXPO Manchester is that we need to be investing in safer, more secure measures on a large scale. The questions and worries of who is held responsible and whether or not our credit cards are outdated and vulnerable, can only be resolved by advancing further and making steps to secure our data before an attack happens. The key to a safer future is carefully planned prevention, rather than simply apologising and patching up post-data breach.