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A 2023 study by Verizon found that 74% of security breaches involved the human factor – mistakes unknowingly made by employees, from C-suite executives to customer service reps. This percentage might seem high, but it isn’t entirely surprising; after all, humans often make mistakes.
But what does the human factor in cybersecurity mean for mitigating risk in the workplace? And more importantly, how can organizations educate their teams to avoid contributing to this statistic?
Why is the human factor in cybersecurity a risk consideration?
According to Verizon, the human factor is less about deliberate criminal actions of insiders and more about innocent mistakes made by employees who don’t abide by basic security standards or fall for email scams that lead to compromised links.
Some of the most common incidents that involve the human factor in cybersecurity include phishing, insufficient password management, poor network management, outdated software use, inadequate software maintenance, and an overall lack of security awareness and training when it comes to operational security measures.