Cybersecurity is important.

In fact, it was already important way back in the years before cybercriminals started making money out of malevolent software – before we needed terminology such as phishing, botnets, attack chains, exploit kits, spyware and ransomware.

Back when computer viruses were almost entirely about showing off to imaginary chums, or having a destructive joke at everyone else’s expense on Friday the Thirteenth by deleting their programs one by one…

…well, even back then, cybercrime (as we unexceptionably call it now) was neither witty nor innocent.

Then, starting in about 2000 or 2001, cybercrooks figured out not only how to spread mayhem with malware, but also how to make money illegally, too.

Lots of money. Lots and lots and lots of money.