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The human factor should not be a security risk

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The human factor is the weakest link in all security work

The workplace has changed dramatically since the pandemic broke out, and new working conditions entail new security risks. By exploiting weaknesses in home networks, cloud services, colleagues’ email addresses and leaked passwords, cybercriminals can succeed in their aims more easily than ever before.

The email box pings a notification. There’s a mail from your colleague. “Hi, here’s the link I promised to send you yesterday.” Would you even think twice about opening it? Probably not.

The fact is that what looks like an innocent link from someone who seems to be your colleague can be catastrophic. In a recently published report, Microsoft estimates that for 60 percent of small enterprises, digital trespass will ultimately end in bankruptcy.

Trade secrets are leaked with a single click. Phishing scams are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Emails that seem to come from people you know and trust – your colleagues, your manager, or someone else you know – are actually highly advanced attempts to defraud you. In total, crime on the internet is now turning over more money that the global trade in illicit drugs.

 

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2020-12-23

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