The Human Element of Cyber Security

Businesses spend billions of dollars every year on cyber security products. firewalls, antivirus, IDS, dual factor authentication, Web and e-mail security are just some of the areas that billions of dollars are poured. Despite the enormous amounts of money and resources that are spent on cyber security, businesses are still hacked and infected with various malware threats.

 

While these security products are significant, the leading cause of pretty much all cyber breaches relate to humans.

 

The human threat to cybersecurity is broken down into two areas: intentional breaches and unintentional breaches. Unintentional breaches are the most common type of cybersecurity breach. In most cases, it occurs when a user executes some malware on their computer. The malware could be in the form of an e-mail attachment, a link in an e-mail, or downloading from the Internet.

 

The perpetrators are criminals looking to steal identities and infect computers with malware such the "Wanna Cry" ransomware.

 

Larger organizations equally suffer from untargeted attacks, but additionally suffer from more sophisticated targeted attacks that are intended to steal a particular set of data.  An example of this is the 2016 DNC hack by Russian State sponsors, where malware installed on a PC allowed the hacker to gain access to the DNC's e-mails and documents.

 

ThreatLocker Control stops both types of attacks by blocking applications from running that have not been pre-authorized. ThreatLocker Control also provides a simple approval method for administrators to grant access to software that is permitted.

 

Intentional breaches are less frequent but usually have a much higher cost for the organization. The most notable one of these breaches was when Edward Snowden copied large volumes of information from the NSA and leaked it to the press. Meanwhile, the NSA was unaware that the data had even been copied.

 

This also happens in smaller businesses when a disgruntled employee decides to copy all the customer data and take it to a competitor. ThreatLocker Behavioral Monitor helps prevent these types of breaches. By monitoring day-to-day user activity and comparing access to previous patterns, ThreatLocker can identify possible data breaches and notify the relevant parties.

 

The ThreatLocker Behavioral Monitor keeps an audit of all accessed files that can be used in the litigation or investigation of cyber breaches. Whether the breach is intentional or unintentional, humans are a huge consideration when securing your business's infrastructure. Business managers and owners all like to trust the people they work with. Trusting your team is important for every business, but trusting your team not to make a mistake or not to knowingly cause a serious data breach will most likely at some point cause irrevocable damage.

 

Trust by verifying.