Employees not fully prepared for cyberattacks say IT leaders

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Over half (56 percent) of IT security leaders say that their non-technical staff are only ‘somewhat’ or ‘not at all’ prepared, for a cyberattack.

A new survey by Egress of 600 IT security leaders also shows that 77 percent of respondents have seen an increase in security compromises since going remote twp years ago, and there’s a continued significant risk to organizations.

Human activated risk is introduced by human behaviors or actions, through coercion by bad actors, human error or malicious intent. The top attacks associated with human activated risk seen by IT leaders include, accidental data loss via human error, employee spear phishing and business email compromise.

The research also finds that 39 percent of IT leaders rely on the native protections offered by Microsoft 365 and Google to defend from inbound phishing attacks. In addition it reveales that more than 39 percent of organizations have six or more security solutions in place today, an approach that appears to be bringing more software in to address the problem and hoping it gets better rather than looking at the root cause.

“Organizations are facing a formidable threat landscape, and the threat of cyberattacks looms large,” says Jack Chapman, VP of threat intelligence at Egress, “Against this backdrop, it’s alarming that most IT leaders, those responsible for protecting an organization against these threats, feel that employees aren’t fully prepared to deal with cyberattacks. Coupled with the finding that human activated risk is the leading driver of security incidents, it’s clear that many organizations are in a vulnerable position, exposed to a wide range of serious cybersecurity threats. Organizations must build up their defenses against attackers, provide proper training programs and also take meaningful action to tackle risks that originate from within – beginning with their people. Now is the time for organizations to re-evaluate their security posture and ensure that they are in a strong position to protect themselves and their people.”

You can find out more on the Egress site.

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Author: Martha Meyer