Improving Cybersecurity Means Taking More Care with What We Digitize (HBR)


Security researcher Troy Hunt recently discovered one of the largest online troves of leaked personal information in history. Hunt’s discovery stresses a point that’s been evident for some time: Once information is digitized, no one can fully guarantee its safety. So how do we fix our cybersecurity troubles? In two words: Slow down. It’s time to more purposefully control what it is we digitize. This means slowing down the pace of adoption of networked technology with new laws and standards aimed at increasing the quality and reliability of any device with an IP address. And it means carefully preserving analog capabilities, even as we embrace the digital.