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Are users your biggest risk? Raise IT security awareness
This article is part of the Information Security issue of May 2019, Vol. 20, No. 2
Systems can be difficult for hackers to crack. Humans, on the other hand, are far easier to exploit. A distracted, curious, impatient or just plain careless user can inadvertently throw out a welcome mat for attackers. Enterprises often rely on technology to pick up the slack; even the world's most sophisticated security infrastructure and software is incapable of wholly compensating for a lack of IT security awareness among an end-user population. In 2018 and 2019, Osterman Research published research that makes clear that even though hackers are targeting employees more than ever -- with a notable rise in phishing attacks in particular -- enterprise efforts at cyberdefense training are lagging behind. Learn more about the human side of security risks and areas of opportunity for IT security-awareness training.
Features in this issue
Users are either your best line of defense or greatest vulnerability. Learn how attackers exploit human behavior and fight back by improving user security awareness.
Why worry over Huawei? A U.S. ban of this Chinese company's products should remind CISOs that now is the time to consider security issues related to the rollout of the 5G network.
Columns in this issue
CISO Kevin Charest talks security threats he sees in the healthcare field and the means his company is using to thwart them, including HCSC's Cyber Fusion Center.