Speeches are meant to get attention; hyperbole is all part of the metric. On the other hand, of course there are people in the world that mean to do other people harm for whatever reason (for some, it's amusement...). It is a basic responsibility of the individual to make themselves secure, just as it is a corporate responsibility to be as secure as possible.
The world is still getting used to the idea that its interconnection is like living in a house with only screen doors (walls, ceilings, floors) and that privacy and security have taken on whole new meanings. Corporate entities may do a good job of securing their infrastructure, but is they don't impress upon their employees that they share some of the burden for security, the corporate entities are seriously dropping the ball. In my (limited) experience with corporate IT policy training, I have yet to hear words to the effect of, "If you do or fail to do X, Y or Z, you run the risk of crippling or killing the ability of our company to pay you". Investing the employee with some sense of ownership for security would be a good start to closing up some of the holes.
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