How to Fix Cybersecurity
Easterly certainly isn’t proposing that she can fix the numerous cybersecurity problems plaguing the industry in a single fireside chat at CES 2023. Rather, she suggests that a perspective shift needs to happen for consumers and tech purveyors to take a step in the right direction.
“We’ve essentially accepted as normal that technology is released to market with dozens or hundreds or thousands of vulnerabilities and defects and flaws. We’ve accepted the fact that cyber safety is my job and your job and the job of my mom and my kid, but we’ve put the burden on consumers, not on the companies who are best equipped to be able to do something about it.”
It’s a fair point. Much like the climate change discussion, the responsibility for protecting ourselves has largely been ditched on everyday people, rather than the tech professionals paid to shore up their systems. All the password managers, VPNs, and antivirus software in the world won’t protect someone whose information is sitting on a server at a tech company headquarters that isn’t secure.
Simply put, the tech industry needs to take a bit more responsibility for how it secures user data and important infrastructure, rather than placing the blame on consumers that couldn’t code their way out of a paper bag.