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But while it may seem like everything is influenced by a robot or machine, cybersecurity is most impacted by humans, not robots.
The “human element” refers to the people involved in the cybersecurity process, including executives, employees, customers and other stakeholders. A 2022 Data Breach Investigation Report by Verizon reported that roughly 82% of breaches involved the human element, meaning a breach was caused by a phishing attempt, misuse of credentials, or other human errors within a system.
To mitigate risk associated with the human element, take steps to educate everyone within your business about cybersecurity best practices. This includes:
Every business – large or small - places an immense amount of trust in the individuals they bring on board. These individuals are the last line of defense, and their day-to-day actions can greatly impact the level of risk associated with secure information. When everyone works together to be vigilant, report phishing scams, and think critically about certain requests, the company remains well protected and the human element of the organization becomes a positive asset, rather than a risk.
The human element will always be a critical factor in managing cybersecurity risk. By taking the steps above, your people will be better educated and the risk from security incidents will be minimized.
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