End Users are the Weakest Link

Dateline: September 25, 2015

Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend.

We continue on our Information Security month topics again this week.  Are your end-users the problem?   Dark Reading.com, an online community for information security professionals recently published a blog post by Tim Wilson, the Editor in Chief and co-founder.  In it he suggests that end users are the weakest link in keeping the organization’s information assets secure.  End users violate security practices and are too easily fooled by social engineering attacks according to a study done by global information security event producer Black Hat.

Nearly a third (31 percent) of Black Hat attendees cited end users as the weakest leak in the security chain. “The biggest roadblock I have is a lack of cultural importance on security,” said one survey respondent. “Trying to convince people to take extra steps — better password management, regular patching, security audits, etc. — is nearly impossible when the company doesn’t feel those steps are important.” Other Black Hat attendees agreed. “We have programs in place to educate the employees, but high turnover and general apathy are a constant problem,” said one.

What is your end user’s attitude around security?  What can you do to shore up this ‘weak link’?

That’s a WRAP!  Have a great weekend.

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