Equifax, Uber, Yahoo, Boeing, UnderArmor, MyFitnessPal, Panera, and even US power plants and gas pipelines. Private sector or public sector, big or small, it seems cyberattacks hit anywhere and everywhere. The ever-increasing news about hackers leaking data—your data—just keeps coming and leaves you with one question on your mind:
Why the F&#$ do these cyberattacks keep happening?
It’s not like we don’t know how to prevent cyberattacks—well, for the most part. There are always zero-day exploits, or cyberattacks that exploit a security vulnerability nobody else knows about yet. But once a flaw becomes known, finding a way to at the very least paper it up doesn’t usually take too long.
But we end up leaving ourselves vulnerable, even when we don’t have to, for a few reasons.