Mr John Girard – A cyber security Challenge

 I have just read an article from Gartner ( and the retiring VP who has said publicly that Cyber Security is a Ponsie scheme.   No not one to take a step back but what planet are you really living on Mr John Girard.   The underlying threat that cyber security covers is the huge increase in cyber crime.  
The problem with this cyber world that we live in is that the whole internet thing is it is where the money is.   Money is no longer what you can see and feel and hand over when you buy a coffee.   The money is now data, the ones and zeros that make up your bank account, attached to your credit card.   How often in the last 12 months have you paid for something using cash that someone else gave you as cash.   The internet is where the money is so the criminals are going to migrate to it like bees to honey.
I have a hypothetical for you, If a 12 year old with a computer, even a cheap Google computer, an internet connection and a basic understanding of computers can be up and running as a cyber criminal wannabe in about 3 hours.   They could have actually “hacked” someone within 24 using scripts downloaded from the internet.  They could be making a living out of it within a week.   You don’t see a problem with that!   So if 1% of the 12 year olds are out there being criminals and 1% of the internet users are being criminals, how big an impact is that having on the world economy.  
Mr John Girard is telling me that this is not a problem.  
This is a problem and everyone should be saying that it is MY problem.   Yes I can understand the reluctance to see the problem when some of the solutions run into the 10’s of millions of dollars.   Some of the solutions are also very affordable, even for individuals as well as small and medium business and not for profit organisations.
One of the biggest bang for your buck is an increased awareness in Cyber Crime.   With that increased awareness comes a higher level of protection for both normal everyday people as well as businesses and organisations.   So get yourself trained to understand the dangers that are lurking on the internet, with that training will come a reduced level in trusting everything that is out there.   That reduced level of trust will increase your awareness, that awareness then becomes a higher and better level of protection.
The problem with the internet is that everyone has an opinion, that is its greatest point, the ability for speach to be free.   Look at me, even I have an opinion.   Some opinions have to be challenged, Mr John Girard I challenge you!

Roger Smith, is an educator. Teaching students at ADFA (UNSW) and showing them how vulnerable they are to cybercrime.

He is also CEO at R & I ICT Consulting Services Pty Ltd, an Amazon #1 author on Cybercrime and founder of the SME Security Framework. He is a Consultant who specialises in inexpensive and highly effective security strategies for small and medium businesses and not for profit organisations.

He has developed and authored the SME Security Framework and the Security Policy Training Course which are considered to be the definitive guides to helping SME's protect their organisation using the principles of Technology, Management, Adaptability and Compliance.