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The Relation of Human Error with Cyber Security Threats

Jan 30th 2019 at 2:09 AM

In the recent times, not just the country but the world has witnessed some major Cyber attacks having adverse effects on businesses, banks etc. causing major unrest and what is a much bigger concern is that majority of them were the results of human error. In such times the common tendency that we are just humans and are bound to make mistakes comes at a great price called security breach. Before finding the solution let us understand what exactly human error is.

The Relation of Human Error with Cyber Security Threats

Understanding Human Error

It is the action taken intentionally or otherwise by an insider or employee or a group of employees which leads to a compromise in the security of significant data or may result in the system being infected by harmful malware resulting in its failure. Generally, such breaches take place when the sensitive data is sent to the wrong people and hence giving them access.

The most common mistake committed by the employees is forwarding important information to the wrong recipients. The good news is that such errors can be easily avoided by deploying security measures which prevent sensitive information from moving out of the network of the oraganisation. The bigger mistake is tapping links and opening unknown and unsecured attachments; this generally infects the system with malicious malware and gives them access.

Entering personal and sensitive information in sites which generally seem to be harmless and friendly like free movie streaming sites, fake lotteries or even gaming sites, provide a gateway to these ever-increasing numbers of hackers who are sitting on the edges of their seats to grab any opportunity to pull off a scam. Hence it is safe to say that these errors are driven by Social Engineering. Social Engineering is a trick commonly used by hackers to manipulate people into clicking nondescript links. These cunning fellow preys on general human tendencies to target them.

The growing culture of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) further increase the concerns as these devices are used in multiple networks and some being open networks, enhance their chances of being attacked.

Practices such as using default names and passwords which otherwise seem harmless can become a reason for a successful data breach. Even the most skilled and efficient employees fall behind these hackers who are not only technically advanced but know how to twist the resources to their own profit.

Way forward

Focus and resources given to cybersecurity in any organisation should be increased. A strong anti-malware and security system should be put in place.

Personal devices should not be allowed to access the organisation’s network. This is practised in many organisations especially banking sector related.

Most importantly updated employees are the need now. Proper training should be imparted to anyone and everyone who has access to the company’s network. They should be educated on the possible threats and the methods to tackle them to avoid any major security breach.

Aida Martin is a creative person who has been writing blogs and articles about cybersecurity. She writes about the latest updates regarding mcafee.com/activate and how it can improve the work experience of users. Her articles have been published in many popular e-magazines, blogs, and websites.

Source:- https://mcafee-mtp-retailcard.com/the-relation-of-human-error-with-cyber-security-threats/

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