Human Error in Cyber Security: 5 Mistakes to Watch Out For
Accidents happen. Mistakes occur. Human error is just a part of, well, being human. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t go the extra mile to ensure that you minimize the likelihood of a human error, especially when it comes to cybersecurity. When a data hack or other security attack happens, the root cause is often an avoidable accident.
While you should take steps to try and eliminate these human errors from your operations, you should also make sure you have a thorough, well organized, and secure IT support system in place to combat any would-be hackers and data thieves. At Medicus IT, we offer the following cybersecurity services: managed cybersecurity, phishing/security awareness solutions, vulnerability scanning, and encryption and management. Learn more about these services here to see how we can help keep your organization secure.
To help ensure that your operations are hacker-proof, look out for these human errors in cybersecurity.
Yes, your password should be easy to remember. No, it should not be simple enough that others can guess it. And yes, it should be difficult enough where it would take hackers a long time to figure out (check out this helpful tool to see how long it would take someone to figure out your password).
A poor password is one of the easiest mistakes someone can make when it comes to cybersecurity. We are all capable of remembering passwords that are too tricky to guess or hack. However, we tend to stick with easy, simple to remember passwords for our own convenience. Don’t do this. Choose a password that contains letters, numbers, special characters and is at least ten characters long. Avoid writing down your password as well. But if you absolutely must, then keep it hidden somewhere safe and once your memorize your password, throw it out.
Misdelivery is a common mistake that has more to do with being careless more than anything else. Whenever you are sending an email, always double, triple, and quadruple check to make sure that you are sending the information to the right person. Even if you aren’t sending any confidential information, get in the habit of always checking. This type of human error is more common than you might think. According to the 2018 Verizon Data Breach Report, misdelivery was the fourth most frequent action that caused data breaches.
Falling for Phishing Scams
That same Verizon report also found that email was the most common medium in which cybersecurity attacks originated from, with 96% of all attacks sourced from email. Everyone in your practice should be familiar with phishing emails, where someone will pretend to be an outside, trustworthy entity (like a bank) for example and try and get passwords or other sensitive information.
The key to avoiding phishing scams taking place in your office is to instill a culture that is aware of the dangers of being careless with emails. One of the most effective ways to do this is to incorporate phishing/security awareness solutions into your operations regularly. At Medicus IT, we work with clients to run phishing scam simulations that can determine how many employees fell for our faux scam and who exactly clicked on the email. Therefore, you can understand the scope of the problem and which employees need the training to determine how to spot scams. We also offer secure email solutions and SPAM filtering products to further protect your practice.
Inadequate Software Security
While you could argue that failure on your software security’s end to stop a hacker is not human error, we would argue the opposite. Deciding not to go with top-notch, high-quality, and highly-rated security software is, in fact, a human error. Sure, you could try and save money by going with a cheaper option. But the smarter and safer option is to pay for the security that you know will get the job done.
Don’t settle for anything less. Trust in Medicus IT to make sure that your information and data is in safe hands.
Low Security Awareness
There are other ways in which your information can become at risk due to negligence or lack of awareness of potential security threats. This can include leaving company laptops out in the open where they can easily be stolen, plugging in un-secure devices like USB drives that potential hackers planted, and downloading unsafe software online.
Take the time to educate all your employees on best practices for making sure that they don’t fall prey to a security scam or other threats.