If every exchange or communication of data on the web was encrypted, would it make our virtual world a more secure place in Australia? A report by PwC found Australia had the highest number of cyber security incidents in the previous 12 months amounting to 9434, more than double the previous year.
As the global traffic surpasses the one zettabyte mark by the end of 2016, it represents a rapid, global surge in Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS) encryption of websites, which until recently, was a security measure reserved largely for financial institutions and online checkout processes.
According to the 2016 Dell Security Annual Threat Report, in the fourth quarter of 2015, around 65 percent of total web connections worldwide were SSL/TLS encrypted. That means that every time a website is accessed, there’s a good chance SSL/TLS is being used. Overall, this is a positive trend that should create safer web interactions. Below the surface however, lurks a hidden threat that might take both you and your firewall by surprise.