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The world was not always the way that it is today. The modern world is one that has been built largely around technological advancement and rapid digitalisation. We have spent decades working tirelessly to create the world that we now exist in, and it has not come without its costs, some of them greater than others. And yet, here we stand, in a world of our own making, overjoyed at our achievements. But there is also growing concern. We built up the world that we know so quickly that we rarely – if ever – had time to consider the impact on ourselves it would have, that were decidedly negative. Technological advancement and rapid digitalisation evolved at such exceedingly quick rates that we had little time to realise their effects before the next phase was brought into execution. This is the way of the world. We create, and nearly instantaneously we are looking to configure the next evolution of that same creation, to build it further, to enhance it more. And there are consequences.

Data breaches are unfortunately quite common these days, especially as the internet continues to expand and evolve. As with anything else, with demand comes supply – and it is not always the supply of positive innovations and the like. Since the dawn of its inception, the internet’s positivity has been plagued with negative kickbacks, with risks and threats coming to light over time. As we all began to entrust more of our information to the worldwide web over time, there came the growing realisation that we were literally inputting our private and sensitive information into a digital stratosphere that keeps it there forever. And yet we continued to do it. Over and over, time and again. We still do it today. The world of digitalisation that we live in is ripe with cybersecurity threats and risks, and we must do our part to prevent these attacks from stealing our information. Too much is at stake. Thankfully, eventually we reached the point of needing to do more. It was getting out of hand. And it is an ongoing battle that is still very much alive today.

It has been said many times now that data is the fingerprint of the digital age. This is an absolute truth. So, we should be going out of our way to incite genuine protective measures. Whether it is making use of VPNs for windows or Mac, or setting up two-factor authentication, the bottom line is that we must be doing more to protect our privacy and security online. There are countless device security systems that we can install – many of them for free. And there is a team that works hard around the clock to make the digital stratosphere as safe as it can be. Of course, as the positive work surrounding the issue kicks into high gear, so do the cybercriminals and the severity of their vicious attacks. They are always looking for new ways to blast cybersecurity measures out of the water, so having multiple self-incited systems and programs set up is the least we can do, the bare minimum of what we must do.

There are various professional cybersecurity markers that we can make use of, but they can only do their job if we install them. We walk around in real life, so afraid of our physical security, and yet we continuously input our personal and private information into the digital stratosphere with little to no care for the fact that the information is then out there forever. There is not a thing we can do about that fact. Even when we think we have deleted information, it is always there. It leaves an imprint that refuses to come off in the slightest. And this is the way of the world. So, constant and ongoing personal protection on our part, and professional protection on the part of companies designed and motivated to protect us all, is crucial. Cybersecurity is not a joke, and it is not something to be underestimated. This is especially true now, when we are barrelling towards complete technological innovation and digitalisation. And even when we reach that point, it will continue to spiral, always evolving. Cybersecurity measures are well past the point of being a luxury. They are a crucial necessity.

The rapid paces of technological advancement and further digitalisation are ongoing and quite intricate. With every feat of technology comes a new wave, one that is inherently quicker, stronger, more efficient, more advanced. This world that we have designed for ourselves is more focused on that technological innovation than ever before, and we face the consequences of that every day – even if we are not immediately aware of it at the time. Cybersecurity is a fantastic example of innovation having lasting impact. Since the dawn of the worldwide web’s introduction to the world, the internet has continued to expand and evolve, becoming a global digital network that covers everything we could possibly want or need to know. With this positive growth, however, comes the increase in threats. In a world that is always exceedingly moving towards complete technological innovation, our cybersecurity is more important than ever. We must do what we can to safeguard it. Always.

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