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Twins Noushin and Negar Shabab explain cybersecurity (and Kanye West)

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To ring in cybersecurity month, we’ve tasked two of the finest minds of the next generation to explain the shifting landscape of security. And Kanye West.



One of the smaller details of Kanye West’s performance in the White House was that the world discovered the nature of how important he views his iPhone security.



It flies in the face of more recent news, particularly the monumental Facebook breach where hackers managed to compromise 30 million Facebook accounts, forcing the FBI to intervene. Facebook has set up a portal users can visit to ensure that they were not part of that mind-boggling number.


From left: Noushin Shabab from Kaspersky Lab and Negar Shabab from PS&C

The idea that your personal information, identity and financial situation could be hacked and accessed within seconds may be terrifying, but it’s a reality we must face. In fact, a Kaspersky Lab survey on cybersecurity found that 66% admitted they felt stressed about their information security online.

Twins Noushin and Negar Shabab are cybersecurity experts from Kaspersky Lab who look to both redefine the way women are seen in the cybersecurity space, and bridge the talent shortage with Gen Z.

We sought their advice on some of our most pressing cybersecurity questions.


Should we trust those apps that promise to hold our passwords for us?

Noushin: Absolutely. Using password managers assist a great deal in providing strong passwords and also manage all your different passwords for all your different accounts. With the growing rate of consumerism, everyone should adopt password managers to practice being safe online.


What is the best combo for passwords? Is there a method that results in most strong passwords?

Noushin: The most common passwords are “abc”, “1 2 3”, your birthday or your children’s birthdays. People must aim for hard-to-guess passwords that consist of a combination of upper and lower cases accompanied by numbers and special characters.


Why when we know so much about cybersecurity hacks and the risks associated, would Kanye West have 000000 as his password?

Negar: Like so many others, basic cybersecurity hygiene and posture is still not habitual. Similar to brushing our teeth without being reminded, until we make cybersecurity part of our basic hygiene, many will continue fall prey because the habitual element is missing.


Are there any password myths we should know about?

Cybersecurity is just an IT issue. It’s important to remember that cybersecurity cuts across departments and is the same regardless of the IT implementation or vertical. Also, living in this digital age, cybersecurity is certainly no longer an IT issue. It has become an I, You, Me, They, Us and We issue.

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