World Wide Web Day, celebrated on August 1st, opened the door for us to communicate and share information with anyone online. We’ve become so reliant on the web to send emails, post articles, share pictures on Instagram and so much more. But where did it all start?
This article takes you back to the history of the World Wide Web, how it’s evolved, and the need for cybersecurity when it comes to sharing information on the web.
What is the World Wide Web (Web)?
The web and the internet are sometimes used homogeneously, but they are not the same thing. The internet is a huge global network composed of billions of servers, computers, and other hardware devices; whereas, the web is a service that uses the internet to share information. The web is essentially a huge network of web pages that are identified and connected through URLs.
Where did the World Wide Web come from?
The World Wide Web was developed by Tim Berner-Lee in 1989 who worked at the CERN center in Geneva, Switzerland. He used the web to communicate and share information with coworkers via hyperlinks. Two years later, the world’s first website went live at CERN where only Berners-Lee and his coworkers had browsers.
Why is the Web so important?
The web has allowed us to not only communicate with people across the world but also share new ideas and work with others. Prime example, the LIVEcommuinty functions as a platform that enables us to share knowledge about Palo Alto Networks, connect with peers, and learn. However, if the web wasn’t here today, then this sharing of knowledge wouldn’t be achievable.
How has it evolved and how does it relate to cybersecurity?
Today, we use the web to send emails, shop online, post articles, pictures, videos, and more. Everyday, we are becoming more technologically advanced with higher broadband speeds that enable faster web surfing and information sharing. The web has enabled us to do all of these everyday actions, but it’s also opened up the door for cyberattacks and misuse of personal information.
The rise in cloud services to store our photos and data has allowed us to store everything in a centralized location. However, this has also made it easier for cybercriminals to tap into one area to extract and exploit all our information at once. Every time we enter our credit card and address on a website, should we fully trust that this information is falling into the right hands? The chart below lists some concerning statistics about rising cybercrimes.
Increased occurrences of cybercrimes can be alarming, and that's where Palo Alto Networks can help ensure a world that's safer and more secure today than the day before.
Although these statistics are concerning, there are cybersecurity companies that focus on protecting our information, an amazing one being Palo Alto Networks. Palo Alto Networks is the world’s cybersecurity leader because everyday we work to anticipate, intercept, and deflect a world of threats—your cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life. We ensure each day is safer and more secure than the one before.
Let’s celebrate the web and what it has created for us, but let’s also educate ourselves on what cybersecurity is and how it’s continuing to protect our information now and in the future.
"Internet vs. Web: What's the Difference?" Lifewire