Some people are able to see the bright side of most bad situations. The Heartbleed bug that was uncovered earlier this month is widely considered one of the worst IT security issues in some time, and as this blog has already covered, it has not been the easiest hole to plug.
However, for the IT channel, there is a silver lining — security issues have been pushed to the forefront in the minds of executives and employees alike. This is an idea that is examined more closely in a recent ComputerWorld article.
The piece features interviews with several technology executives who have experienced a dramatic shift in how IT security issues are seen. Facebook reported a spike in password resets an enrollment in extra security steps like Login Approvals. On top of that, security software and password management apps have skyrocketed in downloads since Heartbleed went public. 1Password, a popular iOS password management application, was ranked in the low-200s and has now jumped into the top 10.
Mike Lloyd, the chief technology officer at RedSeal Network, told the news source that Heartbleed has found a place in the front of people’s minds. Zulfikar Ramzan, chief technology officer at Elastica, said that the issue is not narrowed to just technology professionals. It has instead spread to the masses.
“This has been a wake-up call for the general public,” RedSeal’s Lloyd told the news source.
With cyber security suddenly a hot topic, many organizations are going to start looking to improve their processes by partnering with a VAR or MSP. VAR Staffing helps these solution providers identify and recruit impactful talent that is needed to combat the growing security menace.