Editor's Note: The newly launched Commerce Data Service is working with the 12 bureaus that make up the Commerce Department to identify opportunities to maximize their data to better serve the public. Among the Service's priorities is developing data visualizations that simply and effectively explain complex data sets.
You've probably noticed it in your periphery - every few months on the news, on Facebook, or Twitter - warnings to update your computers or phones lest they be vulnerable to an attack or other bad outcome. It's an accepted reality in most American's lives that the tools that empower us may also leave us vulnerable to cyber threats. The impact of these vulnerabilities can range from minor inconveniences to large financial losses.