Why We Need to Wake Up and Acknowledge the Cyber Threat

By: Kevin Dinino
Category: Security

John Caruthers, Director of Cyber Security at Illumina and a frequent resource to CCOE, presented a TEDx talk instructing how to protect ourselves and our businesses against the hackers he calls “Cyber Tigers” hunting us online.

Data in hacked records are gold to hackers. Breaches can occur by something as simple as not patching servers on a timely basis. In 2015, Chinese government cyber tigers hacked OPM, the agency that holds background investigations for everyone in the country with a top-secret clearance, gaining access to 22 million unencrypted records. Most people do not hold secret government information on their personal computers (or they shouldn’t!). So, you’re probably safe from these types of cyber tigers.

You’re not safe from the cyber tigers profiting from personal information, such as new homebuyers emailing wire instructions to a cyber tiger posing as the title company. The spoofed company can’t do anything to help when this happens, the homebuyers lose trust in the system and the cyber tiger runs free.


Cybersecurity Tips for Taming the Tigers in an Online World


Demand That Third-Party Companies Vigilantly Safeguard Our Personal Information By:

  • Patching servers on a timely basis
  • Segmenting networks and using VLANs
  • Monitoring networks
  • Configuring firewalls properly
  • Using virtual private networks for remote users
  • Encrypting our data at rest and on the fly


Increase Your Personal and Business Cybersecurity

  • Stop using open Wi-Fi networks for sensitive web browsing
  • Stop opening email attachments of “cute puppies surfing squirrels” from unknown senders
  • Stop using the same password for Facebook, online banking and other sites
  • Start educating yourselves about the risks
  • Start using two-factor authentication whenever possible
  • Start talking to cyber industry experts


As a society, we need to start “developing a thirst for cybersecurity awareness on behalf of our nation” much like the road leading to seatbelt regulation for auto safety.

Read how to protect yourself and your business from cyber tigers during the holidays.

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