How Algorithms Keeps the Internet Secure / by Julia Zhou


Cybersecurity has become a very important aspect of transaction and business processing. For example, big firms like Target have recently been the buzz for security breaches from the internet, where customer credit card information was compromised.

Cybersecurity is about making our web and internet experience safe and secure. The definition of cyber security is “the process of applying security measures and policies to ensure confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data.”

When it comes to the leading edge of cybersecurity solutions that protect your experience on the internet or web, one key ingredient that all vendors include in their software is the use of algorithms.

Algorithms in cyber security programs are essentially math equations and methods used to identify and classify certain types of breaches associated with threats. As well, these algorithms are often used to power simple devices like robotic toys and Google search engines, and are considered very helpful cyber tools. Cyber algorithms help experts in determining how best to prevent a breach or threat. Each vendor may use a slightly different class or variation of algorithm depending on what type of protection their cyber security solution provides.

Algorithms also help with cyber threat hunting which is similar to searching for leaks in a roof. Cyber experts want to ensure that we do not have any leaks when surfing the internet or using web-based online applications. So they have threat hunting tools as part of an internet examination process used to help keep our internet and web safe by searching or “hunting” for security leaks that should be fixed and repaired.

In this way, cybersecurity threat hunters are the our web and internet roof inspectors, looking for leaks to be fixed before we have big issues and our applications crash and fail.

So, the next time you surf the web consider what steps and measures you can take to prevent a leaky roof. What steps can you take to improve your every-day web and internet experience that much more secure? The answers may surprise you!

Some tips:

  1. Ensure you have an antivirus program installed and running on your computer systems that you use to access the internet.

  2. Ensure you always patch your computer system with the latest vendor-provided patches.

  3. Change your internet account passwords frequently and ensure they are not easy to guess.

  4. When in doubt, ask an expert. Check for the latest details available to consumers on state cybersecurity websites and new reports.

Stay safe on the interwebs and thank you for your time inquisitive readers!