The Human Element in Cybersecurity
In highway safety, it’s been said that the weakest part of any car is the nut behind the wheel. It can also be said that the weakest point in any cybersecurity system is the person in front of a computer screen.
Two posts on the Cyber Security Intelligence website (www.cybersecurityintelligence.com) discuss research by ESET and Myers-Briggs that found only 42% of businesses focus on compliance training as part of cybersecurity, and 63% rely predominately on passwords. With cyber attacks becoming so frequent they are almost “business as usual”, employees are the first line of defense and their support is critical.
In the war against cybersecurity breaches, organizations have a new weapon: “cyberchology”, using psychometric tests to identify how employees react to cyber threats. Research identifies five personality types: extroverts and people with preferences for sensing, feeling, judging or thinking. Each of these personality types has different strengths and weaknesses when dealing with cyber threats. Psychometric tests can be used to build self-awareness to make individuals less vulnerable to cyber threats.
Cyber criminals always have a head start on legitimate software developers. The “next big thing” in cyber crime goes live before developers can cope with the “last big thing”. Since criminals rely on employee ignorance and unawareness, all employees must be trained to overcome their individual weaknesses and protect all of their devices, not just their desktop computers