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Why Human Error Is The #1 Cyber Security Threat to Businesses in 2021

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Almost all successful cyber breaches share one major thing in common, human error. Human error can happen in many different ways including failing to install software security updates in time to having weak passwords and giving up sensitive information to phishing emails. Since human error plays such an important role in cyber breaches, addressing it is key to reducing a business’s chance of being targeted by a hacker. We can take all the precautions and preventive measures to minimize the risk of cybercrime impacting ourselves or our businesses. But at the end of the day, all it takes is a simple human error to put everything in jeopardy. Whether it’s a link click, download, missed update, or misconfiguration, everyday mistakes can lead to more significant problems.

Human error is by far the number one way that someone gets hacked, and that data is stolen. Hackers don’t try and bypass security technologies, instead, they rely on human mistakes, reusing passwords, and being too busy to check each email for signs of being a scam. Phishing attacks cost businesses billions of dollars a year. To protect your organization, cybersecurity training must get carried out to all staff from the highest executive to the lowest employee level.

Human error isn’t a conscious decision, it’s an unintentional mistake that many of us make daily. It’s difficult to effectively tackle human error without being able to see the cause of it. No matter how well documented or trained, every system, company, and process is vulnerable to human error. Here are some things you can consider when trying to avoid human error mistakes.

1. Communication – Many workplace errors involving human mistakes can be traced back to a lack of communication. Every employee on your staff should feel comfortable with communicating with each other and with superiors. Without open lines of communication at all levels, dangerous accidents are inevitable.

2. Training – Human error prevention training needs to include virtually every aspect of the job; from the first day on the job to the tasks that they’ll likely perform down the road, make sure they know the whys, the whats, and the hows. Also, remember that training isn’t just for new employees, training should be ongoing to all levels. 

3. Employee Evaluation – The best managers know that they need to provide regular, one-on-one feedback to their employees. Not only does this give managers the chance to provide constructive criticism, but they give employees the opportunity to share information and provide feedback to their supervisors.

4. Safety Procedures – Developing and promoting new procedures can improve workplace efficiencies and cut down on human errors. Rather than a one-size-fits all approach, develop a unique process for your workplace. Make sure each procedure can be easy to follow for all employees. 

5. Privileged Access – You should ensure that access to sensitive data and technology is limited only to the few skilled and authorized employees. Implementing a Privileged Access Management strategy is also super beneficial. The protection of access to privileged accounts by PAM solution helps the organization reduce the risk of unauthorized access and reduces their vulnerability to cyberattacks by internal or external threats.

SEGMENTECH is an advanced CyberArk Certified Partner for professional services. We strongly recommend the implementation of CyberArk software for Privileged Access Management (PAM). Contact SEGMENTECH today if you want to discuss more why Privileged Access Management is a must-have solution.