The Human Factor of Cyber-threats
“Whether through direct human errors, such as sending personal information to an unauthorised recipient or where cyber breaches were traced back to a human compromise, employees were centrally involved in most of the data breaches reported to the OAIC in the period.”(5)
(Office of Australian Information Commissioner, Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme 12-month Insights Report 2019)
Innocent employees can cause havoc to businesses as they are often targets of cyber-attack schemes, or they are simply unaware of the consequences of their seemingly basic actions. Sadly, employees can also purposefully be a malicious cyber threat.
Fortunately, business owners can dramatically reduce accidental and deliberate employee actions via implementing a Cybersecurity Management System (CSMS), and employee training. Studies have shown that the average-performing employee security awareness program resulted in a 37-fold return on investment(6), and that training employees can reduce attacks by 72%.(7)
Cybersecurity training is also highly important for remote working, which is why our CLOUD-BASED remote working package and PLATINUM CSMS package both include employee awareness training.