Professor warns against media hype on security threats on GameOver Zeus

06/06/2014

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Professor Bill Buchanan has outlined that broadcast media need to inform users more on scare stories around computer security threats in The Conversation. The full article is here.

The article concludes that users should be frightened by the headlines but should be careful. The threat is not new, and it won’t explode in two weeks time, like Heartbleed did, but you are at risk, and you have been for quite a while.

The media need to be careful that they don’t desensitise the general public. The internet and the cloud are two of the greatest things that have happened in the history of mankind. We need to educate and inform, rather than frighten. So the bottom line is still: patch your system, and be safe.

Organisations such as the NCA are doing good work in disrupting crime gangs, but users too need to be part of the fight, and broadcast media also have a key role in not only alerting users of threats, but to also inform and educate.

 
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William Buchanan
Director of CDCS
w.buchanan@napier.ac.uk
+44 131 455 2759
Cyber-Security
Electronic information now plays a vital role in almost every aspect of our daily lives. So the need for a secure and trustworthy online infrastructure is more important than ever. without it, not only the growth of the internet but our personal interactions and the economy itself could be at risk.

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