According to the 2016 Verizon Data Breach Incident Report, the vast majority of cyberattacks were successful due to individual error. For example, 63 percent of breaches leveraged weak, default, or stolen passwords, and 12 percent of breaches involved clicking on a malicious link or attachment.
Left uninhibited, employees will behave how they choose when they are online: interacting with corrupted links and downloads, dispensing sensitive usernames and passwords, and connecting with strange people and networks with abandon. Often, because employees are not using their own devices and networks, they are less concerned about such risky practices. Unfortunately, this behavior seriously undermines any cybersecurity efforts, placing the entire organization at risk. IT departments typically remain at a loss for how to thwart such bad online habits and ensure security for the organizations and individuals, both. Yet, there is a simple answer that could save IT professionals time and heartache: cyber hygiene education.
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