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Could the Internet Kill You? The Darker Side of the Web

You should be terrified.  Ok, maybe not, but that got your attention.  Constantine von Hoffman, senior writer at CIO, notes that fear mongering sells, especially when it comes to IT.  Fear surrounding internet connected devices grows as their rate of use grows.  Some people, such as Internet Identity CTO Rod Rasmussen, even believe that internet connected devices could be used to carry out murders and other criminal acts with a lower chance of being caught.  Hoffman, on the other hand, believes that Rasmussen and many others may be getting a little too excited:

Methinks Mr. Rasmussen has spent way too much time at the movies and/or reading comic books.  This is exactly the kind of thing a supervillain-and no one else-would think of…Another flaw in this prediction is that “murder by Internet-connected devices” has been possible for a while and no one has perpetrated the crime.  (The same thing can be said about the current threat to U.S. critical infrastructure, which I keep hearing is going to end up in a “cyber Pearl Harbor.”)

While crime is of course a concern, cyber security within your organization and projects is a more realistic worry in the world of IT.  With loads of information flowing between multiple devices people get scared.  As far as risk management goes, losing vital project information without being able to recover it is a major worry.  However, the point of Hoffman’s article is that we may all be worrying a little bit too much.

Internet connected devices will contribute to the overall success of projects, so we should not avoid them out of fear.  We should, however, remember that risks are present.  Granted, being concerned about cyber murder is extreme, but remembering to keep everything protected is not a bad idea.  Remember, the internet, like most other technology, is not out to get you.

About Anne Grybowski

Anne is a former staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success, with a degree in Media Studies from Penn State University.

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