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One of the biggest security gaps are we ourselves.

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Sketch 1 (1,500 characters)

There are several proofs that one of the biggest security gaps are we ourselves. For example Emotet which infected several companies and organizations. So our cyber behavior has to change. In my opinion it‘s the biggest step towards a more secure cyber world. Once we change our keyword from 1234 in a secure one, we don’t click at any unknown link in a mail or become insecure as soon as ads or banner appear on our display, the hackers will have a way more harder job. We are no longer their trojans. I often observe a real fear of everything net-based at the ‘62+ generation. They’re not fluent with this topic and this leads to insecurity. Maybe psychologists can explain, why there is a basic hope for a better life, better conditions. This hope makes us click on links which promise a big win or a wonderful vacation.

Sketch 2 (1,500 characters)

The bad boy image of hackers with hoodies is replaced by a bodiless character which is able to transform in different shapes. With its big eyes it can recognize everything around. One time it hides in a folder and in the next second it literally ate your computer. The fact that it has no body takes away the fear.

What have you learned through this sketching process? (1,000 characters)

I wanted to express these problems in a minimalistic and sympathetic way. I don’t want that consumers feel bad but I want that they start questioning their behavior and begin to act responsible. In the end there is just one thing to say: For your own cyber security, please don’t keep your eyes wide shut.

Tell us more about you. (1,000 characters)

Hi! I'm Anne, a freelance illustrator and designer living in Germany. I love creating new things. Because I could express myself the best through a pencil, I studied communication design at Hochschule der Bildenden Künste in Saarbrücken. Thanks to the interdisciplinary teaching at my university I was able to gain a lot of experience in various fields. After my diploma I worked at a graphic agency for almost two years and now am working as a freelance illustrator and designer. My works are on the one hand inspired by the nature and on the other hand by socio-critical themes.

Why are you participating in this Challenge? (750 characters)

I've heard about this challenge from my boyfriend who is a researcher in computer science. It was quite a challenge to get into this topic but I wanted to take a look at it as a 'normal' person. What are my personal experiences? How do, for example, my mother and grandfather interact with a computer? Most people aren't experts at this field, so I think it's very interesting how their cyber behavior is like and how it influences the worldwide cyber security. It always starts small.


What is your experience with the field of cybersecurity?

  • I have never worked in cybersecurity before but am excited to learn more and get involved.

What best describes you?

  • I’m a professional visual creator freelancer.

How did you hear about this OpenIDEO Challenge?

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

Location: City


Location: State / District

Rhineland Palatinate

Location: Country

  • Germany


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Hello Anne Koch Happy to see your contribution to the Cybersecurity challenge. How would you consider pushing this idea further? We've had a large number of very interesting creations, have you had a chance to browse other submissions? There's a very interesting conversation around cybersecurity going on!

Photo of Anne Koch

Hello Dima Boulad thanks for your comment!

In the following I'd create gifs to teach people how to act responsible in the www. For example in social media you get a big audience. There could also be an icon like Clippy in Microsoft Word which appears for example on google front page or other websites. In addition to that, media should use this character everytime they talk about cyber security. It should replace the old motif of hackers with hoodies. There could also be mailings to random people, with a link in it. If you open it there'll be a manual how to browse safely. Maybe it could be a friendly "trojan" which reminds you to be careful and how easy it is to become infected.

There're really cool ideas out there!

I wish you a wonderful week.
Best regards,

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