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For St. Patrick’s Day, Find the Cybersecurity Lessons in these Myths

For St. Patrick’s Day, Find the Cybersecurity Lessons in these Myths

St. Patrick’s Day is commonly known as a day of merriment and festivities, but people forget a few of the legends that make the Irish culture so fascinating. Those cute little troublemakers that we know as leprechauns? In the actual stories, they actually are a warning against greed and get-rich-quick schemes… if only cybercriminals would pay attention.

It just so happens that a lot of Irish folklore and legend can be applied to cybersecurity concerns. Why don’t we help fan your St. Paddy’s Day spirit with a few Irish legends, capped with critical cybersecurity lessons?

Are Leprechauns Hackers?

It’s a fair question, but no--they are traditionally shoemakers. However, they do share some particular traits.

  • In mythology, leprechauns are devious and intelligent creatures, who live squirrelled away in underground hidey-holes. Sounds pretty similar to the stereotypical hacker, doesn’t it?

  • Legend says that a captured leprechaun must grant its captor three wishes… but, since they are so clever, these wishes will often backfire against their captor. Similarly, many cybercriminals will entice their victims with empty promises.

  • As shoemakers, leprechauns will constantly tap-tap-tap with little hammers to create their shoes (as they are constantly worn out by all the dancing they do). Cybercriminals also spend a lot of time tap-tap-tapping on their keyboards.

So yes, in a few ways, hackers and leprechauns are very similar… not to mention that a lot of people would very much like to catch them.

St. Patrick, Cybersecurity Professional?

While little is known as concrete fact about St. Patrick, scholars are certain of a few things. Born as Maewyn Succat in Roman-occupied Britain, he was kidnapped by slavers at age 16 and brought to Ireland. At that time, Ireland was home to assorted Druid tribes. Succat escaped, returned to Britain, and eventually was ordained a priest. He then returned to Ireland, was made a bishop, and was instrumental in spreading Christianity to the people… which is why so many common Irish phrases are based in Christianity. As is to be expected, St. Patrick is the subject of quite a few legends that describe how he converted the tribes by literally saving them from the forces of evil.

However, if these legends are examined through a different lens, St. Patrick can be seen as a much different kind of miracle worker… a cybersecurity professional.

For instance, St. Patrick is given credit for the lack of native snakes that Ireland has seen for centuries. While legend associated these snakes with evil and the Devil, we can see these snakes as modern hackers, which in a way makes St. Patrick the original cybersecurity professional. One legend tells the tale of how St. Patrick saved an entire community by catching a snake who was killing all the livestock that farmers were raising. Lifting the snake with his crosier (the staff that a bishop carries) and depositing it into a bucket, St. Patrick carried the snake to a lake known as Lough Muskry and condemned it to remain in the lake for seven years--and when the snake emerged from the lake and asked to be released, St. Patrick denied it escape, allowing the area’s farms to flourish.

This legend, as well as others attributed to St. Patrick, also draws parallels to modern cybersecurity. In this case, the snake represents hackers and cybercriminals instead of the devil, and St. Patrick naturally fills the role of the cybersecurity professional. So, to break the legend down...

  • St. Patrick was called upon to deal with the snake because the farmers were unable to themselves. Many modern businesses choose to outsource their cybersecurity needs to external experts because these experts are simply better equipped to deal with issues.

  • When St. Patrick located the snake, he isolated it in a bucket before he removed it. If possible, the first thing a cybersecurity professional will do is isolate any threat detected on a network to keep it from causing more trouble.

  • After the snake had waited seven years in imprisonment, it emerged from the lake only to be sent back in by St. Patrick. This vigilance can also be found in a cybersecurity professional, as best practices involve monitoring a network for brewing threats.

  • Once the snake was banished, the farmers saw a vast increase in their productivity. A cybersecurity professional can provide this as well by preventing threats from interrupting and disrupting a business’ productivity.

While we may be taking liberties with this interpretation of St. Patrick’s feats, the point still stands... cybersecurity is crucial for the success and survival of your business, and you may occasionally need help when dealing with a threat. That’s where we come in.

How Automation Concepts & Technologies, Inc. Protects You

Much like St. Patrick protected the people of Ireland from the dastardly actions of snakes, Automation Concepts & Technologies, Inc. can help protect your business from the efforts of cybercriminals and other threats to your productivity and continuity. From our Managed IT services, to our IT Security services, to our Cloud Computing services, and more, our team is here to equip you for essentially every possibility.

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From all of us at Automation Concepts, “Go n-eirí an t-ádh leat!”

Or in other words, may luck be with you!

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