“We are the weakest link.”
Wow, this is certainly the theme of the last few weeks — people are realizing that the biggest threat to companies’ security defenses are the people people inside the companies. You may recall that I discussed this issue in two blogs about this over the last couple of weeks:
Having written on this subject, I was delighted to see a very thorough and well written article in the Wall Street Journal by Geoffrey A. Fowler entitled What’s a Company’s Biggest Security Risk? You. Fowler starts with the premise that “we are the weakest link”, and I agree, and he goes on to explain the nature of the problem and provides several concrete examples of how hackers, spies, fraudsters, and phishers are praying on our own human weaknesses to find ways to penetrate companies elaborate security system through what is called social engineering. Fowler concludes that the solution to the problem is not more technology but, instead, human solutions such as increased employee vigilance and awareness.
My brief summary does not do Fowler’s article justice — it is a great article that is loaded with information on this subject that should be of interest to everyone engaged in business. Take a few minutes and go read the article.
- Guarding Against the Inside Job (Part 1 of 2) (shawnetuma.com)
- Guarding Against Idiocy (2 of 2) (shawnetuma.com)
- Data Risk Help For Small Businesses That Need It Most (shawnetuma.com)
- Small Businesses: Attractive Targets for Today’s Hackers (silvertailsystems.wordpress.com)