What Mr. Robot Teaches Us About Cybersecurity

Written by Kristi Salmon on September 1, 2017.

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Over 200,000 computers in 150 countries were affected by the WannaCry ransomware attack and it took nearly two weeks for others to bounce back after the Petya attack. As a business, concerns about being a victim of ransomware, a hacking attack that holds your computer hostage until you pay a ransom, is legitimate. This type of malicious software from cryptovirology, threatens to publish the victim's data or perpetually block access to it unless the ransom is paid.

The popular USA Network show, "Mr. Robot", follows a group of hackers that manage to disrupt a large corporation and society with a hack. This not only cripples the company, but also the society which heavily relies on the corporation's technologies. So what can this show teach businesses about cybersecurity? A lot. For instance, many data breaches and attacks come from within a company itself - in most cases, because employees aren't careful with their passwords, install malicious programs, or don't understand the company security policy and surf websites that can open the company's server up as a target to attack. As such was the case in "Mr. Robot". In a blog from the Columbia Business Times in Missouri, see how this TV show shines a light on cybersecurity lessons every business should be attentive to.

Along with ransomware attacks, another attack method businesses should be wary of is Phishing. And yes, it is still an issue in 2017. Click here to learn how to keep your proprietary data, as well as your customer's personal information, safe with secure and reliable broadband connections from Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions.