Colonial Pipeline, Target, Adobe, Alteryx, Equifax: These are household names, not just because these companies provide important goods and services, but also because they were the victims of major cyber attacks that compromised sensitive customer information and even critical infrastructure. Boardrooms, CEOs and governments have taken notice.
“Now that working from home has become the norm, and given the massive increase in ransomware attacks that we are seeing, most companies realize how vulnerable they are in an environment where most of their business and employee interactions are conducted through online channels,” said Wolf Richter, a Berlin-based Chief Information Officer and Partner at McKinsey & Company, which studies and consults on technology and security, on an episode of its Inside the Strategy Room podcast.
The peril is as old as networked computers, but as the number of- and reliance on- networked devices has grown, so have the problems — and opportunities — of all things digital. Smash-and-grab raiders and state-sponsored cyber espionage teams have before them a vast and swelling prize, and the frequency, volume and sophistication of cyberattacks has put the world on high alert. Boise State is facing the threat and helping fill new cybersecurity jobs with a slate of new programs designed for all with the help of off-campus partners and donors.