#CyberFLASH: Protecting yourself from cyberattacks challenging, says IT expert

computer-passwordsDermot Williams says hackers are creating new tricks to mount cyberattacks all the time making it more challenging to protect against them.

Williams, the chief executive officer of the information technology security firm Threatscape in Ireland spoke to Shift New Brunswick host Vanessa Vander Valk.

He said New Brunswick has all the technology skills necessary to help in the fight against cyber crime.

“If you build a better solution on the cybersecurity world people will absolutely beat a path to your door cause they need to stay ahead of the bad guys and they will be looking for the innovation coming out of smaller companies to produce solutions to challenges.”

Williams, who will be taking part in a discussion called Cybersecurity in a Dangerous Time at the University of New Brunswick Saturday, said what is most concerning about the hacks is the rewards the hackers are reaping.

In the past week, hackers were able to target election systems in 20 states in the United States, infect cameras and DVRs for massive internet attacks and steal 500 million user accounts after a hack at Yahoo.

“That’s only encouraging them to keep on doing it and become more persistent. They’re making money or if they are cyber activists, they are making a point. Or if they are politically motivated they are making wins for their side. All of these things will just keep them coming back.”

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