While technology has advanced rapidly, we humans have not kept up and never will. We remain the weakest link. As a result, cybersecurity breaches are commonplace and their serious consequences such as this week's breaches in the PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) and UK Electoral Commission.
Humans really are the weakest link. For example, I used to be insecure until I saw my password. Or "Honey, I shrunk the business because I emailed our customer list to our competitors".
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Another common human error is falling for phishing scams. Hackers use phishing scams to trick people into giving away their sensitive information.
Phishing scams can come in the many forms
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Cybersecurity education and training reduce the risk of human error. Education and training can teach individuals how to identify and avoid Phishing scams,
It is important to have clear security protocols in place and enforce them consistently. Use strong passwords and keep software up-to-date to reduce cybersecurity breaches. Phishing loves Human Error
Human error plays a significant role in phishing attacks. Phishing deceives people into clicking on harmful links or revealing confidential information.
Fake websites that look identical to legitimate ones or emails that look like they are from a trusted source, like Sony or Microsoft. These techniques only work if the victim falls for them and that's human error again. Employers need to train employees in this area.
They commonly trick victims into clicking on a link or opening an attachment without verifying the source. They may disclose sensitive information such as login credentials or financial data.
Remember phishing is socially engineered fraud and preys on people's emotions and curiosity to deceive them into:
Clicking on harmful links
Reveal confidential information.
Corporate cyber breaches are a growing concern for businesses of all sizes. These breaches result in the loss of sensitive information, financial losses, and damage to a company's reputation. Companies must take steps to secure their data and regularly train employees. According to insurance underwriters, small firms in Northern Europe typically file claims amounting to around €/£550k on average. The payouts are normally very modest indeed and can be nothing where the underwriter finds no reasonable cyber security steps were taken, in their opinion.
In conclusion, human error is the leading cause of cyber security issues.
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