In the security industry, we hold the following words near and dear to our work:
“Humans are the weakest link in the security supply chain.”
Even companies with solid, well-built security standards are prone to human error. This is because humans are the most important part of information security and all humans make mistakes. According to CompTIA, 52% of security breaches are due to human errors.
While we know human errors are the main reason for over half of all security breaches, most of them are unintentional.
All an attacker needs is an entry point into the organization’s network. If this is achieved by human error, then the security measures implemented to protect your data are of no use. A few major reasons for human vulnerabilities are:
- Lack of security knowledge.
- Failure to get up to speed with new threats.
- Failure to follow policies and procedures.
Lets take a closer look into the various elements of human error.