Stay Alert

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Once upon a time there was a lion that grew so old that he was unable to kill any prey for his food. So, he said to himself, I must do something to stay my stomach else I will die of starvation.

He kept thinking and thinking and at last an idea clicked him. He decided to lie down in the cave pretending to be ill and then who-so-ever will come to inquire about his health, will become his prey. The old lion put his wicked plan into practice and it started working. Many of his well-wishers got killed. But evil is short lived.

One day, a fox came to visit the ailing lion. As foxes are clever by nature, the fox stood at the mouth of the cave and looked about. His sixth sense worked and he came to know the reality. So, he called out to the lion from outside and said, How are you, sir?

The lion replied, I am not feeling well at all. But why don’t you come inside?

Then the fox replied, I would love to come in, sir! But on seeing, all foot prints going to your cave and none coming out, I would be foolish enough to come in.

Saying so, the fox went to alert the other animals.

Moral: Always Keep Your Eyes Open and Stay Alert

Well with a twist in roles the Lion could quite easily be a hacker, the eaten animals the victims and the fox is the solution. Security and privacy, and more so at this time of year when we are under pressure to buy Christmas present,  seems to be in constant battle similar to the lion and the fox. As user we are constantly being bombarded with dire warnings of the latest vulnerabilities  and attacks that will bring our digital world down around our ears.

The Lions

Crooks:- From hackers compromising millions of customer records and credit cards, through phishers picking off their victim one at a time, to scammers extorting malware infected users to unlock their data, the crooks have the upper hand. They only need to win a few time to have made it worthwhile. As a company you need to work on the basis that your always under attack, and maybe infriltrated. At least this way your company will be adopting a strict defensive position.

Spooks:- Intelligence agencies are tasked with protecting us from threats to national security, but they can undermine our liberties too. We have seen instances over the years and in the media of GCHQ in Cheltenham along with other American Government Agencies carrying out unwarranted overreaching and untargeted mass collections, which has meant that  even lawyers, journalist and the public can be considered fair game. the famous phrase of  “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear” is often given as the acceptable reason for them to do it. Privacy is a basic human need, and the power w grant for intrusion into to it should be clear, justified and limited; not subject to weasel wording or secret interpretation and agreements.

 

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