How Humans Have Become The Weakest Link In Cybersecurity

Since inception, the internet has proved that it is here to conquer, not to fade — and over the years, its access has rapidly expanded across the globe. Today, there is no denying to the fact that the internet drives our world, and enables better and simpler access to everything.

However, nothing in this world comes without a dark side, and the internet is no exception. It is not only the internet that is becoming sophisticated year by year, but cyber threats have also become advanced. And it has become a critical challenge for the entire world.

In order to deal with the ever-increasing cyber-attacks, both government and private organisation across the world are implementing several measures. But despite the efforts, the level of risk continues to rise on par with innovations. Why?

Security Starts With People — Keep This In Mind

While we are busy implementing sophisticated technology and building bigger walls to stop cyber-attacks, we are actually neglecting the humans who are the centre of this entire process. According to ideas42, 70-80% of the cause of cyber attacks are always because of human error. So, in order to prevent cyber-attacks, it is a must for every organization that it should know and understand who their people are and what they do.

For example, there is an employee who saves his data on the Google drive and every day he accesses it with the devices he was provided by the organisations. But what he is travelling and tries to access the data from a different place, using an unidentified network and device? This kind of incidents has risked many organizations’ data on the stake.

So, it is imperative for companies to keep an eye on when, where, how and who is accessing their documents or other information. Also, should always provide its employees with the authorized devices when sending on an office or business meeting.

The Forcepoint Way Of Dealing With Insider Threat

When we talk about cyber security, humans are always one of the weakest links, and as a result of human error organisations end up falling prey to cyber attacks.

Forcepoint is one such company that is taking significant steps towards understanding human behaviour in order to cope with human error. They basically make use of AI and ML to under human behaviour and also how a person interacts with sensitive data.

Forcepoint’s human point system leverages the superpowers of behavioural analytics — the system analyses various inputs from various sources assigns a risk score to each individual. This new approach towards cybersecurity does not help the organisation understand which employees pose the greatest risk of data exfiltration but also help to understand what measures need to be taken to prevent.

What’s Next?

Humans are flawed and there is no denying to it. 

If you want to have protection against insider threats, it is best to take some of the right security measures.

Giving freedom to an employee to use a device the way s/he wants is one thing, but when it’s about the organisation’s security,

  • have a security policy that includes procedures to prevent and detect misuse, as well as guidelines
  • make sure that the devices are equipped with the tools and have restrictions on certain activities.
  • make sure to use biometric for official devices. Why? An employee might misplace the device and if the device has no strong protection and goes in the wrong hands and then there chances that sensitive, critical data gets leaked.
  • Talk to employees: have a meetings regarding the company’s cyber security and observe each and every single employee’s behaviour

Bottom Line

Dealing with technology-based threats seems easier than dealing with an employee who poses a threat. It is one of the most critical situations for an organisation to handle. However, with the number of attacks and breaches happening all over the world, it has become imperative for companies to have a strong security culture.

Talking about the security culture, it’s not only about humans but also about a company’s infrastructure as hackers never drop a chance to exploit systematic failures as infrastructure increasingly controls data.

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