Popular developer Q&A flat-form Stack Overflow indicated that switching to remote work sparked more than cybersecurity questions on all platforms that any breach.
To make their offer for Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Stack Overflow analyzed cybersecurity topics through the developer collaboration platform to follow the evolution of security conversations in the within the developer community.
Its l analysis revealed that the previous biggest spike in questions came right after Yahoo! revealed its 2013 violation in 2016 and then announced another larger violation at the end of the same year .
Interestingly, the volume of security-related questions at the start of the lockdown wassurpassed that of any year in Stack Overflow's history, notes David Gibson, senior data analyst at Stack Overflow.
Gibson says that historically security- related activity across the platform seemed to be linked to major breaches. All of that changed with the mass shift to remote working early in 2020.
“Stack Overflow saw an undeniable pandemic-related outbreak As in early 2020, when the shift to remote working resulted in an almost 60% increase in issues related to authentication, "Gibson notes.
His analysis also confirmed a correlation between types of security incidents and volume of questions. For example, when there is a breach due to usoftware vulnerability, cybersecurity issues within the developer community also arise.
“While vulnerabilities are inevitable, developers have moved from simply reacting to breaches to being proactive. to make everyone safe. during the shift to remote work, ”concludes Gibson, noting that the biggest takeaway from the analysis is the shift to a culture of learning.