Author archives: Ellen Ozderman, Director of Information Security; and Roman Edmond, Information Security Consultant


Managing The Human Factor in Cyber Defense

By Ellen Ozderman, Director of Information Security; and Roman Edmond, Information Security Consultant

A workforce that includes employees, contractors, vendors and partners can be an organization’s most valued asset in generating revenue—but can also be its biggest threat. A 2013 study conducted by the Ponemon Institute reveals that 69% of data security breaches are a result of insider-related actions such as negligence or mishandling, while only 16% of major data leaks are associated with hackers or outside perpetrators. Human error and omission are often at the root of these data breaches. For example, industry research reports that the most popular stolen passwords posted by hackers are "password.” In many cases there is no technical defense that would have prevented the breaches.

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