What do we need to do to reach "cybersecurity awareness"?

Filed Under: Data loss, Facebook, Law & order, Malware, Podcast, Privacy, Social networks

In this week's Patch Monday podcast on ZDNet Australia, outspoken Aussie technology journalist Stilgherrian interviews Sophos's Paul Ducklin about the real issues behind cybersecurity awareness.

This is a topical issue in Australia right now, where it's Cybersecurity Awareness Week - but what does "cybersecurity awareness" really mean?

Is it something we can knock on the head with some one-off campaigning once a year? Does it simply mean urging individual users to improve their online behaviour?

Or is cybersecurity awareness something which belongs in the lap of the big service providers? (Facebook and Sony spring immediately to mind.) If they were to improve their attitude to privacy and security, would that take some of the pressure off end-users?

Join Stilgherrian and Duck to learn more:

30 May 2011, total duration 27:56 minutes, size 8.5MBytes

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About the author

Paul Ducklin is a passionate security proselytiser. (That's like an evangelist, but more so!) He lives and breathes computer security, and would be happy for you to do so, too. Paul won the inaugural AusCERT Director's Award for Individual Excellence in Computer Security in 2009. Follow him on Twitter: @duckblog