Magnets to Encryption: The Evolution of Security

Security: Then and Now

When you think of security, you might think of the secret service or, further back, Wells Fargo delivery services when horses and guns were the original security.

Technology has evolved since the dawn of man, when men began carrying primal weapons to protect what they owned. However, in today’s digital age, the goal is to make security less reactionary and more preventive. As new threats emerge, security measures are evolving to combat them head on.

Home security systems

Most of us have a security system installed at our home, office or both. These systems actually date back to 1853, when the first patent was issued for an electro-magnet-operated security system. The popularity of home alarm systems began to grow following World War I, and video surveillance systems were introduced in the 1970s. Today, home security systems are more sophisticated than ever. In many cases, users can arm or disarm their systems or monitor activity in their homes from a mobile device. Cable companies like Comcast are even beginning to offer security as part of their services.

Cyber security

The increased use of the Internet for everything from shopping to banking has given rise to new kinds of security threats. You no longer have to worry solely about home intruders and property theft. Now, you have to worry about identity theft and the loss of personal information stored online. Recent security bugs like Heartbleed and breaches like those at Target, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Anthem have made headlines around the world and have caused consumers to take action to protect their online information.

Today’s defenses against security threats include encryption, passwords and whole networks designed to keep our information secure on desktop computers, mobile devices and in the cloud.

These high-profile breaches have led to increased demand for cyber security professionals, as well as increased expectations and evolving duties. For example, the security analyst must now focus on risk assessment, vulnerability assessment and defense planning. Some may even be required to do investigative work and to be familiar with industry-specific security standards, such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, which was crucial in the wake of Target’s breach. Due to increased demand, companies are hiring security professionals who are up to date on the latest trends, ensuring they’re equipped for whatever the future holds.

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