A Brief History of Cybersecurity

A Brief History of Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is a major threat every industry faces today, a fact which has focused everyone’s attention and resources on security measures like implementing control rooms to prevent attacks. However, this wasn’t always the case, and a lot has changed in the cybersecurity department over the years. Here is a brief history of cybersecurity which shows how cyber attacks have emerged as one of the biggest threats to people around the world in the 21st century. And as the picture above indicates, monitoring your companies cybersecurity requires effective security console furniture.

1971: The Creeper Virus 

The first computer virus occurred in 1971 and was dubbed the “Creeper Virus.” The virus got its name after users found a message on a computer saying, “I’m the creeper, catch me if you can.” This is all the “Creeper Virus” could do as a worm that copied itself and went through other systems, but it was a historic moment because the “Creeper Virus” was the first of its kind.

1983: The First U.S. Patent for Cybersecurity 

In September of 1983, the first patent for cybersecurity occurred when the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) issued the U.S. patent 4,405,829 for a cryptographic communications system. The first patent notably featured the first public key cryptosystem known as the Rivest-Shamir-Adleman algorithm, leading to cryptography that is still used to this day.  

1993: DEF CON Conference 

The first DEF Con Conference was held in 1993 in Las Vegas with just 100 attendees. Today, over 20,000 professionals, IT experts, ethical hackers, and tech journalists attend the annual cybersecurity technical conference.

2003: The Rise of Anonymous 

Anonymous became the first well-known hacker group in the world and can be easily identified for its members wearing Guy Fawkes masks. The group became known in 2003 when it hacked the Church of Scientology website with DDoS attacks. Anonymous remains active and the group is behind some of the most newsworthy hacks in the world.  

2010: Operation Aurora 

In 2010, Google revealed an unprecedented security breach within their infrastructure in China. “Operation Aurora” uncovered that the attack was so they can find Chinese intelligence operatives in the U.S. who were on the government’s watch list. The attack was previously believed to be an attempt to access Chinese human rights activists’ Gmail accounts. The attack eventually affected over 50 countries around the world.  

After going over a brief history of cybersecurity, you may realize how important it is to protect your industry from these unpredictable threats. An important aspect of implementing an effective control room is outfitting industrial workstations or security consoles with leading quality furniture that you can find at ImageVision Consoles.