Computer Security Expert
Aron Foster is a software developer, Officer in the United States Navy Reserves, and lifelong computer security enthusiast. He graduated with Honors from the United States Naval Academy in 2004 and earned his MBA from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2012.
Hackers in movies and on television wield digital magic to take control of bank accounts, electrical systems, and sensitive data because that can make for good action and suspense. Computer security professionals tell stories and give demonstrations of the extreme vulnerability of people and businesses on the internet because that convinces those people and businesses to buy whatever the security professionals are selling. New vulnerabilities in popular applications and stories of compromised data are always in the news because those reports get people to tune in. At the end of the day, the average computer user is left with misconceptions that make them frightened and overwhelmed by computer security. They’re stuck relying only on their antivirus software, their gut instinct on responsible digital behavior, and on blind luck to stay safe in the digital world. That doesn’t work. Society needs to get to a point where safe computer usage is as common and as expected as putting on a seatbelt. And the best place to start is with your passwords.