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The real cause of cyber breaches | Wednesday’s letters

Wednesday’s letters to the editor

Federal aid needed for cybersecurity | Editorial, Sept. 3

The real cause of cyber breaches

An analysis of 1,200 data breaches within the federal government found that 95 percent of the breaches could be traced to poor security habits and human error. And yet, security awareness training is still ignored by many companies and organizations. If there’s a common thread that all the experts agree on, it’s that inadequate training coupled with uneducated employees lie at the root of many, if not most, security breaches. The best way to make sure that your organization’s critical information is protected is to have a security education program and ensure your program is updated on a regular basis and that all employees, both new and current, are required to take and acknowledge the security awareness training.

The more employees understand about how their security practices and behavior affects your company’s security posture, the better off your organization will be. Ransomware being introduced is almost always caused by employees visiting infected web pages they shouldn’t have been surfing in the first place or clicking on links in emails they shouldn’t have. A well-developed and maintained security education program will address these types of mistakes. The good news is a security education program doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg and can be implemented fairly quickly. What organizations shouldn’t do is wait for aid from the federal government because most likely, by the time most organizations receive it, the damage will already have been done.

Mark Khan, Tampa

The writer is a senior information assurance cyber security consultant.

Aggressive driving is escalating | Sept. 1

Please police us drivers

I want to be served and protected. We drivers will continue to text, speed, wander, drive recklessly and aggressively, and forget to lock our cars — the trend will not reverse itself. We are distracted, self-absorbed and task-saturated. We need law enforcement. The Howard Frankland bridge is a combat zone; the Gandy bridge is a weekend drag strip. Unlocked cars are stolen by teens all over Pinellas County, and they mock authority when apprehended. Texters keep texting while police look the other way. The flagrant disregard and disrespect for the law and those who enforce it is tangible and unbounded. Cite drivers who text. Stop the speeders on Gandy. Impose consequences on the juveniles who steal, joyride and crash cars. And on the Howard Frankland, do something. Fund police cruisers at both ends and in both directions. Add surveillance cameras in the middle to calculate speed and observe reckless driving like tailgating. These systems exist all over Europe. Please lead, act, serve and protect.

Jeffrey Cathey, Tampa

New apartments key to push for housing | Sept. 3

Many reasons for poverty

Pinellas County will continue to struggle with the development of affordable housing as long as those who “have” continue to assume that the poor are poor due to mental health or addiction issues. While this is a factor for some, there are many families living paycheck to paycheck, and the loss of a job will send them to the streets. To those who are worried about “undesirables” moving into their neighborhood, I would ask how many living behind closed doors struggle with the same demons?

Diane Pearson, Dunedin