The power of perception
How we think is a key piece of cybersecurity, and our mindsets regarding cybersecurity are constantly changing. These mindsets are shaped by many factors, including how we interpret and prepare for cybersecurity threats, whether we believe we could fall victim to an attack, how we perceive what the bad guys are thinking, why they do what they do, and what psychological levers are pulled to dupe victims. Recently, a more sinister problem is emerging in cybersecurity: a growing numbness and indifference to real threats because of desensitization.
In the past, cybersecurity professionals used to have to convince business leaders that the threat of a cybersecurity attack is real for any organization. For years, it seemed many executives lived in a state of denial (or willful ignorance), believing that cybersecurity was a luxury. However, as evidenced by trends in cybersecurity spending, it appears they have shifted their collective mindset. According to Statista.com, spending on cybersecurity has more than doubled in the U.S. since 2010 from $27.4 billion to about $66 billion in 2018. Gartner claims that the 2018 figure was closer to $100 billion and predicts that in 2019, U.S. spending will top more than $120 billion.