Is Education Enough to Make the Internet Safer?
- Safer Internet Day promotes the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
- Education can never completely protect from cybercrime and relying on humans is not a solid strategy.
- Bromium’s virtualization-based technology means that end-users are protected from malware, so they can browse the internet freely and safely.
Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in more than 100 countries on February 7th. This year’s theme is ‘Be the change: unite for a better internet’. Hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
Using Education to Make the Internet Safer
The UK Minister for Online Safety, Tracey Crouch is a supporter of Safer Internet Day and believes that “the internet has provided young people with some amazing opportunities”. She also explains that protecting them from risks they might face online is a top priority. Safer Internet Day highlights positive uses of technology and explores the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community.
Through education, Safer Internet Day encourages exploration of topics ranging from cyber bullying to sharing photos, social media and cybercrime. There are many tips on the Safer Internet Day website which focus on encouraging children and their carers to be careful and aware. NSPCC’s Chief Executive Peter Wanless explains how “Keeping children safe online is everyone’s responsibility”.
Read the BBC News article ‘Can a ‘superpower force field’ protect us from hackers?’ To find out how Bromium’s technology is making the internet a safer place.
What Does Taking Responsibility Mean for Cybercrime?
As a tech company, Bromium takes its responsibility for making the internet a safer place very seriously. As part of this, we acknowledge that although it plays a part in the promotion of safe use of the internet, education alone is not a reliable strategy to protect end-users from cybercrime.
Hackers don’t discriminate and we’ve seen that anyone is a potential target, including schools and teachers . Our virtualization-based security accepts this and takes the responsibility away from the end-user, so that they’re free to enjoy the internet without risk of breach. In-fact, it actually empowers the end-users to that they become a detective in their own right.
As explained by Simon Crosby, Co-founder and Bromium CTO. “Despite all the resources focused on user education and behavior modification, cybercrime continues to grow. That’s because trying to control user behavior is futile… We have to accept changing human behavior isn’t the answer. Outsmarting the bad guys is and virtualization-based security is where to start. It allows us to protect and enable – rather than blame”.
While we don’t have an end user product, we do protect the enterprise. Learn more about how we can help your company.