In January 2018, the news broke out that Strava, a social fitness tracking app exposed the locations of US military bases around the globe. After the media reports, the company actively worked on improving privacy and security oversights by implementing restrictions on viewing and added an opt-out option for displaying user data on its heat map. Those were all good remedies for minimizing future damages, but they are bandages to cover up mistakes. Mobile app security should be active solutions to prevent problems, not just to fix them.
*This article was originally written by Melissa Lin for TopTal.
"Think of [cybersecurity] more as safety and security in roads and cars. The car hasn’t really changed in the last 30 years, but a lot of security is built in, and it’s not sexy until the moment it saves your life. You’ve got bits that are hidden – airbags – and bits there to remind you to be safe like seatbelts…Some of it is about good behaviour and good attitude, some of it is about physical security to remind you there is a risk, and some of it is baked in to save you.”
– Sian John, Senior Cybersecurity Strategist at Symantec
We’ll admit it. Cybersecurity isn’t sexy. However, in today’s digital age, cybersecurity has become increasingly critical for large corporations and small startups alike. Today, the stakes are higher than ever, as “every company has become a tech company.” Technology has become more than a supplement to a company’s operations, and in many cases, the assets living on their network are their core operations. This is compounded by the fact that hacks are becoming commonplace due to the rise of mobile usage and internet of things, as well as the growing ecosystem of cybercriminals.