Children can pick up skills a lot faster than most adults. Their brains are like sponges, absorbing new information, languages and moulding their personalities from outside exposure. For most, it’s the best time of our lives. For parents, it’s a learning curve giving new human beings the best possible start in life with the means available. Nothing should mess with that.

And yet, amidst the thousands of toys at home and the countless pages of maths homework your child is able to learn another skill, something that could shine bright on you and your business.

It is no surprise that millennials are continuously growing their digital capabilities. But with new skills comes the responsibility of using them and accepting the consequences of any findings which arise.

DefCon, Las Vegas 2018

Over to DefCon in Las Vegas and there are over 300 children who attended from the 9th-12th August 2018. Here, they’ve been learning new tricks centred around digital and technical skills including lock picking and soldering. Most importantly though, this Conference is about hacking.

Imagine that! 10-year-olds taking a hacking tutorial supplying them the power to hack in minutes. The theme this year was the US General Elections. The goal? Finding vulnerabilities in election webpages (although copycat websites). Any flaws found, mean more investment in cybersecurity and highlights how weak even the most protected sites are.

What does this mean for UK businesses?

So here you are, reading this article on the USA Hacking Convention. Realistically, how would this affect you or your business in the UK?

The answer is simple. Nowadays, anyone can learn to hack, even children as young as 10. If anyone can learn how to hack and more tutorials appear on the web, the need for protection is ever-rising. Many parents I’m sure would love their child’s help ensuring their business is secure. It may be fun at a convention using fake websites, but the moment this affects your livelihood it gets serious. The children learn how to hack, but not how to protect, that is still left for the professionals. So, once the hack is done, what do you do?

Should I be worried?

The most common excuse I’ve heard is ‘Well, it’s not that likely my business will be hacked’.

Ask yourself, how often do you receive spam e-mails? How often do you use your USB in different devices? Do you use public Wi-Fi networks? Have you ever been a victim of credit card fraud?

Hackers do not need to specifically target your business, they need the motive to exploit known and popular weaknesses across the web. They can target anyone from any industry. Hacking is an attempt to take control of your system and access your personal data in order to use it against you. They don’t care who you are, as long as you have data to be exploited.

So, ask yourself how important is your data? How valuable could it be to others? Do you have a plan if things go wrong?

Entering the digital world may seem simple but can quickly become a complex environment. Remember, cybersecurity is tailored to you. You as a business owner are responsible for protecting your data and that of your co-workers.

Does your business have the time, knowledge and resources to do this?

At Netstar, we offer Technology Consulting to our clients. We can advise you on how to protect yourself from cyber-attack. We can also help you implement the solutions which will keep your systems secure.

Call us today and our trusted team will get started on advising you and getting to know your business goals.

Trust your data is in good hands.