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Securing The Most Vulnerable Asset – Human

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Humans are viewed as the most susceptible link in the People-Process-Technology triad. Despite having robust security solutions like Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) or firewall, your weakest link could let attackers bypass the security controls. Cybercriminals always take advantage of the fact that people are more likely to create mistakes, which could be intentional, unintentional or lack of action. According to the Human Factor 2019 report, 99% of cyber-attacks require some level of human interaction to execute.

Trends like flexible working and personal device usage amidst the new normal have completely changed user behaviour. It has also observed that most of the employees do not restrict their family members and friends from accessing their work devices that may create a myriad of cybersecurity risks for organizations. That’s why most of the security professionals think that inattention among employees for security practices is putting the enterprises at risk. They believe that employees can easily misuse their access to reveal, erase or alter the business-critical information. As per the 2020 Data Breach Investigation Report from Verizon, 30% of breaches involve internal actors. This indicates and proves (at a great extent) that insider threats pose a significant risk to the cybersecurity of an organization

How Cybercriminals Target Humans

Phishing, Social Engineering & Business Email Compromise are the most common cyber threats posing a serious concern for organizations globally. These attacks have a high success rate as humans are the first contact point. Let’s have a close look at each cyber threat.

How to Mitigate Human Vulnerability

Recommended security controls can be followed to mitigate the risk of employees becoming the victims of cyberattacks:

The need of the hour for organizations is to follow a people-centric cybersecurity approach that must include an effective security awareness program. Investment in the training of employees will make them aware of the increasing cyber threat landscape and help them to react accordingly if they are hit with a cyberattack. Also, improving cybersecurity understanding among employees will assist organizations to meet the regulatory compliance.

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