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Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility!

As Jeh Johnson, Former United States Secretary of Homeland Security, precisely said β€œ Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility and it boils down to this: in Cybersecurity, the more systems we secure, the more secure we all are”.

Today, cybercriminals seem to be capitalizing on the anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Their tools include data harvesting malware, ransomware, online scams, and phishing.

It is estimated that one cyber attack takes place every 39 seconds. Ever since the virus outbreak began the cyberspace has been flooded with targeted cyber attacks. Cyber Security agencies have seen a surge in large scale password spraying campaigns against healthcare bodies and medical research organizations. All of us are constantly at the risk of cyber scams and this comes with the ever-evolving technology that we all embrace.

As we all know, in a post-COVID 19 world, cyberattacks on business and healthcare are going to be the norm of the day. But it cannot be addressed as easily or quickly as it is today unless it is taken up as an individual responsibility.

This is not done by only protecting your accounts and devices from online scams but also reporting them and sharing your experience to spread awareness and more importantly the seriousness of the danger it poses.

During this lockdown, let us personally take up the challenge of minimizing cyberattacks by sharing our experiences at platforms such as Curious Times and effectively build a barricade of understanding and awareness against our most potent nemesis today.


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Grade 12, Excelsior English School, Kottayam, Kerala

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