CIO 100: Humans are weakest link in cybersecurity, education is the way to improve

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Anna Collard, Managing Director, Popcorn Training.

Human beings are still the weakest link to your company’s cybersecurity but even though social engineering scams are prevalent, the key to mitigating against them is companywide education about the issues.

This issue was raised by Anna Collard, Managing Director, Popcorn Training, A Know Before Company, during her presentation titled: “talk about Security Awareness, Adressing the human Element” at the CIO 100 Symposium and Awards being held in Naivash, Kenya.

“90% of breaches are due to human error as attackers go for low hanging fruits and we humans are it” said Collard.

According to a study by IBM/Ponemon “Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis” – The average cost paid for each lost or stolen record containing sensitive and confidential information increased 6 percent, jumping from $145 in 2014 to $154 in 2015. The study however found that Improvements in data governance initiatives will reduce the cost of data breach. Incident response plans, the appointment of a CISO (Chief Information Security Officer), employee training and awareness programs and a business continuity management strategy result in cost savings.

These sentiments were shared by Collard who says that educating the entire office plays a big part in preventing hacking through ‘social engineering’ as it creates a frontline protection of aware employees.

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