When California in 2020 introduces legislation to minimize weak spots in both public and private digital infrastructure, the message is very clear; Cybersecurity is, in the same way as regulations regarding the basic condition of a car or a bus, a matter of public safety. What do I mean by that?

Your safety is dependent of the security in not only your own infrastructure, but also the security level of others.

Well, your safety when driving or walking on a public road is much dependent of the condition of your fellow road users. If you meet a car that has faulty brakes, it is not only a danger to the driver of that car, but to you as well. That’s why there are legislation around the safety of a car. And the same principle applies to cybersecurity. Your safety is dependent of the security in not only your own infrastructure, but also the security level of others. Especially when talking about IoT devices. So of course, there should be regulations around that as well. This makes perfect sense!

Hopefully, this legislation will not make that big of a difference. Because if it does, it would mean that there are still many devices with very weak basic security (meaning passwords like “password”, “admin”, “0000”) out there. Unthinkable, right…?

If you as an organization are unsure about the security hygien of your digital infrastructure, we can certainly help you. A good place to start is by performing a vulnerability assessment. Contact us at securitysales (at) tieto.com, and we will make sure that you get to know your current security posture. We will also help you set up goals, and make a plan to reach them.

About the author

With over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing, and with 11 of those as a leader and trusted advisor within cybersecurity, Oskar Ehrnström drives business innovation and transformation within Tieto Security Services. In this blog, Oskar shares his view on our digital world in general, and on cybersecurity in particular.

Oskar Ehrnström

Lead Business Development Manager, Tieto