In my last Blog Post I discussed the importance of training and awareness in IT security. Many of us in the industry have realised that IT security failures are more often the result of a human error than a technical one. An article in SC Magazine ‘new starts and contractors are biggest targets of social engineering attacks’caught my eye recently.
The following video highlights the findings of the survey carried out by Check Point on Social Engineering and includes some startling statistics you need to be aware of. Not surprisingly, new employees are most susceptible to attack, followed by contractors, executive assistants and HR employees.
The message here is we are only as strong as our weakest link. User Awareness of IT Security must start at induction, include third parties and reach all levels and departments, it needs to be refreshed at intervals and tested to identify the weakest links in your organisation.