The World Economic Forum Asks: Who is Responsible for Personal Cybersecurity

Jennifer CaroleBig Ideas

World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum is an international organization dedicated to helping public and private business work together in a cooperative manner. It was established nearly fifty years ago when the organization was founded, and it’s committed to dealing with cross-cultural issues that affect people in all countries. It’s possible you are hearing about the Forum as some US representatives made their way to Davos this last weekend. [this will publish on Monday after the annual meeting].

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One of the topics included is cybersecurity. As experts look at how humanity is evolving – a closer look at both the benefits and risks of technology are part of the discussion. They ask, “Who should be responsible for protecting our personal data?” and they get expert input on how to approach a problem that has serious economic consequences for individuals and business, if there’s a breach.

Think globally, act locally.

Here’s a pull quote from an extremely interesting essay prepared for the attendees:

Half the world’s population is online and leaving behind an ever-growing digital footprint. Around 89% of Americans and 70% of Europeans use the internet daily, and the global internet penetration rate continues to increase rapidly. Research firm Gartner predicts that more than 20 billion consumer IoT devices will be in use by 2020.

According to our own research, American homes already contain on average 17-18 devices, and that number is expected to grow in upcoming years. Parks Associates research shows that 32% of US households with broadband own at least one connected device, and 50% intend to purchase a smart home device in the next year.

If you read the whole article, you’ll also see their graphic that cites more than one billion people have been affected by various data breaches in 2018. Breathe that in. One. Billion. People.

In one year.

Don’t wait for someone to protect you. Protect yourself.

The biggest conclusion in the essay is that there isn’t anyone that will protect you; you need to protect yourself. In the essay, they cite a study by Eurobarometer, that finds fewer than half of people take even basic precautions online. Are you one of those people?

You owe it to yourself and your loved ones, to protect your privacy and data. There are many things you can do, but one super easy first step is using a personal VPN – like InvinciBull. It’s always-on protection works on all your devices and with our Unlimited plan, you’ll be protected wherever you go.

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