Education is as important as protection When It Comes to Battling Cybercrime

When you consider today's growing volume of cyberthreats to consumers and businesses, it's easy to feel overwhelmed.

But all is not lost, thanks in part to a cybersecurity industry that is fighting every day to protect people and companies by keeping sensitive data from falling into the hands of cybercriminals and others who would use it for harm.

Admittedly, educating the public about cybersecurity is a tough sell. News of ransomware and viruses hits the airwaves every day, and new allegations about foreign attacks against our nation's infrastructure sow doubt and fear of what might happen next. Market research indicates anxiety and uncertainty run rampant among consumers in just about every socioeconomic bracket.

Hysteria surrounding cybersecurity gets even more complicated when one considers the Internet of Things (IoT)—a push to connect to the internet everyday items such as appliances, baby monitors, home security devices and thermostats (to name a few).

That's a lot of potentially unlocked doors for cybercriminals. And a lot to teach people about locking down data.