Humans are always the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain. Most cyberattacks involve weak or stolen credentials, or phishing emails that lure users into clicking malicious links or attachments. A Standard University study found that 90 percent of security breaches involve user error.
The transition to remote work since the onset of the pandemic has exacerbated the problem. Remote workers admit that they routinely open suspicious emails and links, upload company data to their personal devices, and use applications that aren’t approved by the IT department. It’s more imperative than ever that organizations take steps to raise cybersecurity awareness and ensure that users understand their responsibilities for protecting the organization against attack.