Better cybersecurity starts with honesty and accountability
Today, I’m going to talk about a shameful topic. This has happened to many of us, and it’s embarrassing, but if we don’t talk about it, nothing will ever change. It’s about being hacked. Some of us have clicked on a phishing link and downloaded a computer virus. Some of us have had our identities stolen. And those of us who are software developers might have written insecure code with security bugs in it without realizing it. As a cybersecurity expert, I have worked with countless companies on improving their cybersecurity. Cybersecurity experts like me have advised companies on good cybersecurity practices, monitoring tools and proper user behaviors. But I actually see a much bigger problem that no tool can fix: the shame associated with the mistakes that we make.
How to escape the cynicism trap
I’m a psychologist and neuroscientist, and my whole career, I’ve studied the sunny side of human nature. My lab and I have found that giving away money activates similar parts of your brain as eating chocolate, and that helping other people through their stress calms our own. Our punch line is clear: there is good in us, and it does good for us.