The Cutting Edge
Right up to the point that your bank account is drained or a hacker uses your stolen ID to file a phony tax return, you may be inclined to view big data breaches as theoretical problems.
“If you lost access to an ATM or your bank account was at zero,” says Atlanta attorney and cybersecurity expert Justin Daniels, “that impact would come home to you.” Yet getting the average businessperson or consumer to appreciate the dangers technology can bring, along with the advantages that come with cellphones, computers, smart devices and the sophisticated networks they connect to, is not easy. “Convenience is beating the pants off of security. The more technology makes us interconnected, the bigger the cyber threat becomes,” he says.
Daniels is a shareholder in the Baker Donelson law firm and heads its Cybersecurity Accelerator, which assists startups. He is the founder of Atlanta Cyber Week, a series of industry events held this month.
He was on hand in July with other industry leaders for the opening of the Hull McKnight Building, the first phase of the Georgia Cyber Center in Augusta that is both a bricks-and-mortar testament to the gravity of cyber threats and a boon to the thriving Georgia industry that is working to stay ahead of those threats.