Current events have been called by some, including yours truly, evidence that we are entering a historical age and new world order. If the notion is accurate, the last 60 days have set the stage for how to prepare for the rest of our lives.
Coping and persevering over the last few months has required a shift in almost everything we do. Changing priorities quickly, we consciously adjust according to the guideposts we see. Using some sweeping thoughts and ideas, I believe these last few months tell us the primary challenges ahead are:
- Physical and mental health
- Economic resiliency
- Digital transformation
In these times, success or failure in any one of these three challenges goes hand in hand with the other two.
Also, it is becoming increasingly clear the dominant life-skill needed for success in the new era is self-sufficiency. The ability to think critically and logically about each of the three issues above is the existential challenge we face today.
View from the Field
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella say's his company is seeing a massive adjustment of priorities since COVID-19:
"... we have seen 2 years' worth of digital transformation in two months."
Satya Nadella, CEO Microsoft, April 30th, 2020
The tidal shift toward home and home office activities is forcing rapid change because so few are prepared.
Before getting to the numbers that illustrate the point, let me state this is not about fear-mongering. My purpose here has always been to inform, educate, and empower. But, as Henry Kissinger concludes in a letter to the Wall Street Journal on April 3rd:
"Now, we live an epochal period. Failure could set the world on fire."
Henry Kissinger - "The Coronavirus Pandemic Will Forever Alter the World Order." WSJ April 3rd, 2020.
Numbers from the New Age
The increase in ransomware attacks in one month - from February to March 2020, according to VMWare's CarbonBlack cybersecurity division.
Average ransomware payment made in 2020’s first quarter, according to an analysis by Coveware. Ransomware payments are up 33% compared with the $84,116 average in the last quarter of 2019.
The expected increase in losses from cybercrime from 2020 to 2021. Next year damages are expect to total $6 trillion. For perspective, this amounts to:
The earnings of Tesla, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, and Walmart combined, multiplied 5-times equate to cybercrime losses expected in 2021 - the size of the third largest economy in the world.
The increase in spam since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by WHO - according to IBM’s X-Force security business. Google's Gmail division says it's seeing 18 million malware and phishing emails related to COVID-19 every day, in addition to more than 240 million coronavirus-related daily spam messages.
3 to 5 Years
The time it will take to re-structure during the first chapter of the new world order, according to Ray Dalio, one of today's most brilliant thinkers about matters of history and the global arena.
Listing numbers equally eye-popping from the last 60-days is easy. But let's move forward.
What To Expect From TDS
The decisions we make on our health, finances, and rate of digital adaptation in the immediate future will have life-long repercussions.
For Total Digital Security and the fulfillment of our mission, this means providing tools, information, and the support required to preserve individual privacy, information security, and personal safety in the new age.
Our commitment to "Cybersecurity for Life" during this crucial time includes an increase in the frequency of updates and knowledge-based resources. We will keep you abreast of not just the state of cyber risk and security solutions, but also advancements in personal technology you will soon be using every day.
- 5G wireless - no, it doesn't cause the coronavirus, but it's difficult to grasp how life-changing 5G and near-zero delay will soon be. It's so profound; some call it the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
- WiFi 6 - it's considered the biggest upgrade to home WiFi in 20 years. But if you are looking to upgrade, wait a bit for the forthcoming 6e protocol for better compatibility with older components.
- SD-WAN network security - comprehensive and seamless protection for home/office networks, WiFi, and all connected devices. SD-WAN is the future of cybersecurity, and we are pioneers making it accessible, affordable, and simple enough to use for home and office networks.
- Encryption and authentication - new digital privacy and security tools for use in our every day lives.
Monitoring, Managing, and Reporting
While we will continue to focus on monitoring, managing, and verifying your digital security systems, we are adding additional reporting capabilities. The new reporting is meant to keep you informed, aware, and engaged with your status regularly and systematically.
Reporting will start with the Managed Network Security solution. If you use the MNS service, please expect to hear more from us about status updates and personalized reports.