IDG Contributor Network: The impact of human behavior on security

Jeff Capone

I recently saw an ad that read, “Security starts with people,” and it gave me pause. After twenty years in security, I’ve learned that security problems typically start with people, and having them responsible for implementing it is usually a bad idea. Hear me out.

It’s human nature to be efficient – find the easiest and fastest way to accomplish a task – and that’s often at odds with what needs to be done to keep data and files secure. There are hundreds of productivity hack articles preaching efficiency as we all try to multitask ourselves to death. But when it comes to data security, shortcuts are too risky. And that risk isn’t worth taking in today’s cyber-insecure world; there’s just too much at stake for both companies and consumers.

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