During the Ideas Phase, the Hewlett Foundation shared weekly tips to help guide the Challenge community in their learning journey. The full Challenge Brief is available here.
Look at how others have tackled the challenge of cyber imagery. Beyond the terrible stock art we’ve all seen, there are a variety of approaches to picture different aspects of cybersecurity. Here’s a few:
- Cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike has been naming (and drawing!) the advanced persistent threat actors (APTs)—everyone from nation-states to criminal gangs—they come across in their work, and now have more than 100 APTs in their index. Be sure to click through for the illustrations!
- Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), “the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world,” has a well-developed visual style, and many of their illustrations are openly licensed for others to remix and build upon.
- Even the National Security Agency (NSA), the U.S. intelligence agency responsible for offensive and defensive cyber operations, has a rich history of motivational posters for their staff that are well worth a look. As Amy Pollard at Slate magazine put it: The NSA’s Declassified Cold War Propaganda Posters Are a Bizarre Delight.
Immerse yourself in popular-culture depictions of cybersecurity. From Wargames to Sneakers to Mr. Robot there’s a rich history of hackers on screen. Former U.S. Cyber diplomat Chris Painter gathered some of the best (and worst) examples at the #CyberMovie hashtag.
Learn about the stakes: Even the eye-popping number of compromised accounts from the latest hack don’t tell the full story of the huge stakes involved in cybersecurity today. For two takes on the real-world consequences of attacks that began in cyberspace, check out:
- Andy Greenberg’s masterful Wired magazine story about how one cyberattack affected the world’s largest shipping conglomerate, Maersk: The Untold Story of NotPetya, the Most Devastating Cyberattack in History
- Lesley Stahl’s 60 Minutes story about how one private spyware company’s software—sold to governments around the world— was implicated in the murder of journalist Jamaal Khashoggi, thanks to research by the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab. CEO of Israeli Spyware-maker NSO on fighting terror, Khashoggi Murder, and Saudi Arabia.
- Paige Thompson’s involvement in the Capital One data breach.
- Cisco’s $8.6 million settlement.