Each year, the number of data breach victims is bigger than the last. This means that every year will be the worst year for data breaches. Despite all the attention on cybersecurity, we don’t seem to be doing very well at making the situation better.
Is there anything that we can do to make 2018, or 2019, or 2020 the year we finally start to reduce cybercrime? In his book The Purpose Driven Life, pastor Rick Warren writes, “The truth is, almost everything we do is done poorly when we start doing it — that’s how we learn.”
We are learning. But it seems like we’re learning slowly. It seems like some people are getting the message and others aren’t.
I’ve talked before about using incentives to help change behaviors in cybersecurity, and I still hope that more companies will find ways to incentivize security. But as we have the conversation about incentives, we have to also understand that incentives will only go so far in improving cybersecurity.