Computers have and will continue to impact our lives.

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Computers have become indispensable in our lives. Below find a compilation of the Good, the Bad, and the Absolute ugly specifics about how computers have and will continue to impact our lives.

The Good

  • TheIntel 4004 was the first 4-bit CPU microprocessor designed for a calculator. The computer has come a very long way in a short time.
  • The Apollo 11 Lunar Landing which voyaged to the moon, had less processing power than today’s smartphone.
  • The first “The Dirty Dozen” was, in fact, a group of 12 engineers who designed the IBM PC.
  • Apple, HP, and Microsoft have one very thought-provoking thing in common – they were all started in a garage.
  • Simple static electricity, so trivial that individuals just ignore it, can destroy computer circuitry.
  • It took the World Wide Web (WWW) approximately four years to reach 50 million users. In comparison, it took over 38 years for radio and 14 years for television.

 The Bad

  • The password for the computer controls of nuclear-tipped missiles of the U.S. was 00000000 for nearly two decades.
  • 70% of virus writers work under contract for organized crime syndicates.
  • Every month there are more than 5000 new computer viruses released.
  • There are 200+ BILLION email messages sent daily, 80% are spam.
  • Estimates suggest that the average employee receives approximately 21 spam messages every day and it takes nearly 16 seconds to delete them.
    • In dollars, those 16 seconds equals nearly $712 USD over the course of a year.
    • If you multiply the number of employees in your company by $712, the consequences of spam are astonishing.
      • 100 employees = $71,000
      • 10,000 employees = $7,120,000
      • 50,000 employees = $35,600,000
      • 300,000 employees = $213,600,00
      • U.S. companies who employee more than 300,000 people represents two-thirds of the U.S. GDP with $12 trillion in revenues, $840 billion in profits, $17 trillion in market value, and employ 27.9 million people worldwide.

Absolute Ugly

  • Wombat 2016 State of the Phish found that click rates vary per industry, with telecommunications and professional services clicking phishing emails more than other industries.85% of organizations suffered a phishing attack in 2015
    • Up 13% from 2014
    • 60% said the rate has increased.
  • More than 30% of malicious emails opened.
  • The PhishMe Q1 2016 malware report concludes that the #1 delivery vehicle for malware is email attachments.
  • Cloudmark reports that the average incident cost of a spear fishing attack is $1.6 million.

A few rules to follow: Always double-check the email address. Make sure you hover over hyperlinks to see the destination URL. Not sure about an email? Check with the sender. Never enable macros on any attachment.

Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility. Stop. Think. Connect.

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