Fight cybercrime with fiber optics – increased security

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Fiber optic networks are inherently more secure than copper wire networks. The electrical signals transmitted over copper wire are at a higher risk of being intercepted, hacked and even scrambled through interference. The signals of light carried over fiber, on the other hand, cannot be scrambled and are more difficult to intercept without breakage of the fiber cables and detection of the malicious activity. The speed of fiber optic networks also allows victims of cybercrime to respond at the same pace as the attacker, or faster, which can assist in resolving the issue before it worsens.

While fiber optics are more resistant to interference attempts and do enhance cyber security, all communication networks are vulnerable to threats—it is important that all users protect themselves. The first step is education to become aware of potential threats and how to prevent or respond to them. Use strong passwords and change them often, and consider data encryption software and vulnerability assessments performed by competent professionals.  

Resources:

1) Cybersecurity Ventures. Cybercrime Damages $6 Trillion By 2021. (Retrieved June 2019)

2) Ciena. Network and Data Security. (Retrieved June 2019)

Damage related to cybercrime is projected to reach $6 trillion annually by 2021. As the internet evolves as an invaluable and convenient tool for businesses, governments and individuals, so too do the threats to data security.

With innovation fueling a 100x increase in connected devices and a 1,000x increase in data traffic expected by 2020, the opportunities for cybercriminals are rising rapidly. Phishing, hacking and spamming are just a few of the sophisticated methods through which your data can be compromised or stolen. Some techniques even mean networks could be compromised for long periods of time—weeks or months—without detection, as criminals eavesdrop, collect and store your data.