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No factor has played a bigger role in bolstering human social development than the emergence of technology. From James Watts’ steam engine to Steve Jobs’ iPhone, technological progress has allowed society to thrive and prosper in ways once thought unimaginable.

Innovators of today have created revolutionary technologies that make our everyday lives more efficient. However, these conveniences do not come without potential tradeoffs. Cyber criminals have made it their sole mission to steal, leverage and profit from sensitive information and data. In 2017 alone, there were over 159,000 cyber incidents reported, according to the Online Trust Alliance. Furthermore, the organization stated, “Since most incidents are not reported … the actual number of harmful incidents could easily exceed 350,000.”

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