All cyber security actions, in one way or another, entail human engagement at some point. Hence, the human component should be regarded as a core part of cybersecurity.
Insiders affected by phishing and spear-phishing emails as well as unauthenticated scans and exploits performed by external hackers are two of the most dreadful threats to any network infrastructure. Credential thefts resulting from shoulder surfing, or social engineering the employees are prevalent for a long time now and employees still fall for such trivial illusions by hackers. These threats are usually a result of employees being complacent or ignoring common cybersecurity practices.
Four human factors that are often preventing the organization from adopting advanced cybersecurity measures are:
- Application usability and accessibility – Usually, applications designed with a security-first approach lacks a user-friendly UI (User Interface) and hence lose mass appeal. People are not encouraged to be cautious or wary because of user-friendly designs. The efforts DevOps take to safeguard users are frequently meant to disrupt the DevOps flow. Making things more secure is already a Sisyphean process. While making things less secure is like dragging that same boulder downhill. This effect is amplified for persons who have special accessibility needs, such as vision impairment.
- Cybersecurity skills – Enterprises are having a hard time hiring and retaining employees in cybersecurity roles for a variety of reasons. There exists a misconception about Cybersecurity as a career path; that it is only fit for people who have been steeped in code. Those interested in a career in information security will often discover that an entry-level position requires prior work experience. Moreover, for some businesses, cybersecurity is not a priority. All these reasons make hiring cybersecurity specialists a hard task and many employees quit mid-way into this domain.
- Challenges to implementing solutions – Over the period of time, employees become comfortable with how a particular process works or how a software functions. It may be difficult to convince them about the changes to be made in order to enhance security of IT systems. As a result, cybersecurity takes a back seat in organization’s priority. Employees need to be open to embracing change in performing their business-as-usual activities by introducing security measures in them.
- No one-size-fits-all solution – Organizations must comprehend the cybersecurity posture and implement security policies according to the requirements of enterprise. While many solutions would look apt for a particular organization, there may be some elements which may not fit in a particular scenario and may lead to security vulnerability. Understanding cybersecurity solutions and how they will impact operations of an organization is an important human function, which if not done properly can either lead to cybersecurity vulnerabilities or production/ operational losses.
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