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Security: The Human Factor by Paul Kearney

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CHAPTER 1: CARELESSNESS

‘Human error is overwhelmingly stated as the greatest {security} weakness this year (86%), followed by technology (a distant 63%) ... Unless robots replace the human workforce (unlikely in the lifetime of anyone reading this report), human error is an issue that companies will continue to deal with.’Deloitte, 20092

Let’s look at some of the ways that human nature can contribute to security breaches, beginning with carelessness.

Barely a week goes by without a report of a laptop, or a USB stick containing sensitive information, being left on a train, or being stolen when left in plain view on the back seat of a car. Modern electronic equipment is highly portable, and can hold staggering amounts of data. Employees are actively ...

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