The cyber criminals rely on us to be intelligent in every field apart from the field of digital security.
You can be the most intelligent lawyer, chairman, politician, accountant or builder. Just as long as you do not understand the digital world.
Smart people constantly do dumb things. Even the digital natives who have grown up connected to the digital world through their technology. They do dumb things as well. No one is immune, there is always someone who knows a little bit more about our chosen subject, that includes every type of technology available.
Yes we have seen smart people do dumb things in the normal world, but it is an uncommon precedent. Some dumb things are based on getting something into the digital world. Selfies come to mind!
The people who get targeted by viruses, worms, Trojans, adware and ransom-ware, usually display a high level of cerebral fortitude. They are intelligent people. They just do dumb things. Click on links in emails, follow the rabbit down the hole.
They forget, disregard the warnings or slip up. The digital world is not their primary abode, but something that we just visit on a regular basis.
That is when these intelligent people suddenly turn into the dumbest of the dumb.
Here’s something that you probably didn’t know, but the criminals who inhabit the digital world rely on us being intelligent.
Without intelligence, half of their scams would not work. Half of their target attacks would not succeed, if we were just dumb users. The bad guys rely on an above average level of intelligence for their tactics to succeed.
They like us to be the babes in the wood. They want us to be uneducated, ill informed and untrained.
They want us to rely on our technology, but not understand it.
They want us to be stupid in our use of our smart devices and our computers.
We all know how to use the technology. The convenience is built in, the convenience to do what we want it to do is important, but the underlying structure and systems are more complicated than we realise.
This is what we forget!
In that complication comes our unexpected stupidity. In that stupidity comes our Achilles heal. The bad guys understand that world like we understand our chosen field.
We expect the digital world to be like our everyday environment. That is our first mistake. It can never be like our homes and office.
It can never be like the real world.
The digital world does not have doors and walls. It does not have locations that are well guarded with guards with guns. Security that can kill you. Digital security in this world is different.
It is an alien environment that only a few of us understand. Of the people that do understand, more than 50% of them are out to get you. Out to steal everything they can get their electronic hands on.
How do we stop smart people from making dumb mistakes. There are only two ways: change the mind set, teach and educate them.
Are you one of those smart people?
Changing the mind set of intelligent people is complicated and at times hard. Pointing out their deficiencies, anyone’s deficiencies, is always hard.
Intelligent people know that they are experts in certain fields. In most cases they outsource the things they are not experts in to the experts. For some reason we all think we are experts in technology. If I want to program my TV, I get my daughter to do it, being a digital native she understands it better and does it so much faster than I ever would.
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Roger Smith is the CEO of R & I ICT Consulting Services, Amazon #1 selling author on Cybercrime, author of the Digital Security Toolbox and author of the SME Digital Security Framework. He is a Speaker, Author, Teacher and Educator on cybercrime and how to protect yourself from the digital world.