The Greatest Threat to Network Security – Human Error

The Greatest Threat to Network Security – Human Error

Recently, Verizon released their annual Data Breach Investigation Report (DBIR), which, as always, contained numerous interesting and important nuggets of truth when it comes to network security.  One of the prevailing issues we’ve seen in the past has reared its ugly head once again in the pages of this year’s report.  Human Error.

Nearly half of all the security incidents captured in this report were caused by “miscellaneous errors” and “insider misuse”, which boils down to human error.  Furthermore, we can add an additional 25% for crimeware, which tempts an employee to mistakenly click on a malicious link and in most cases they do.  Put together, these stats leave us with the embarrassing fact that 75% of security incidents result from the lack of awareness among average employees to uphold basic security policies.

Human Error Network Security

75% of security incidents result from the lack of awareness among average employees to uphold basic security policies

With hackers rapidly evolving to attack networks in new and increasing ways the threat landscape continues to grow.  Meanwhile, many organizations are dragging their feet when it comes to effectively combatting these attacks.  Average employees are being exposed to the front lines of the cyber war with little protection from their parent organizations.

Considering that the anticipated cost of a breach of 10 million records is coming in at $73,943,950 according to the DBIR report, organizations need to determine how to protect themselves from human error or else they will suffer huge consequences.  Breaches of this size are happening with greater frequency and should be deemed probable for any large enterprise.

In addition to the monetary cost of a breach often comes the loss of jobs for those responsible for protecting the breached systems, which should cause these decision makers to invest in technologies that will protect their businesses and their jobs!  Human error isn’t going anywhere, but there are ways to mitigate it through technology.

At Cybera, we believe it’s time to take a hard look at the way enterprises approach network security and make the necessary improvements to reduce human error.  Instead of continuing to invest in complex security technologies, simplicity needs to be the focus.  In this day and age where cyber criminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated and human error is plaguing the perimeter security of networks, we need to remove the human element from the flow of sensitive information.  This reduction of human error can be achieved in two key ways:

  • Using plug-n-play solutions that can be installed by non-technical personnel with no risk.
  • Harnessing the power of the cloud to make updates centrally without requiring techs to interfere with the systems hands-on, which can potentially open holes for hackers to exploit.

An integrated solution, using cloud and premise-based security technology is the best way to simplify security and networks and reduce human error.




This is the first of two posts inspired by the 2015 Verizon DBIR.  Please check back next week as we delve into POS Intrusions.

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