Happy Friday, Federal Friends! Something seems a little different this year than last year, can't quite put my finger on it though...
So, being that we all just made it through another roller coaster of a FY I wanted to keep today fairly light. Just as we've seen the frequency of attacks increase we have also seen a dramatic rise in cyber related plot lines and references in mainstream media. The latest being a CBS show called Scorpion, ahem, </scorpion>. While to most of the audience the shock and awe factor of what fictionalized hackers can pull off is fascinating, and also pretty terrifying. These types of shows and movies sometimes tend to lack... how do I put it... reality.
While some of us may snicker, jeer or simply throw bricks through our TV (I'm from Jersey, it happens) the reality is that the message these shows are spreading isn't nearly as bad as some of the writing. The fact is a ton of young adults, and even adult-adults, are still in the dark about cybersecurity. These shows and movies, in a weird way, help promote our cause and create awareness about cyber related issues, even if it's to an extreme. The more cybersecurity related topics, or just plain jargon, is out for public consumption the better. That being said, we still have a long way to go in educating the public at large, and we can't rely on the entertainment industry to be the sole resource for it. There are a lot of good things in motion from the high school level through higher education in getting a new workforce out into industry, but this will take some time. So, in the meantime please check out these 8 flicks that CSO says missed the cyber-mark and enjoy the explanations for each title. Mission: Impossible? More like Mission: WTF was that?
Also, a Chuck Norris gif.