As IT guys, it’s very easy to blame users for data breaches but it’s not always just their fault.
Sure, they need to update their passwords, stop giving things out and clicking on the suspicious email links. But, the buck stops with you as their IT professional. We thought these statistics from the IS Decisions’ research into IT Security managers in both the UK and US were very enlightening.
It shows that, compromised credentials are one of the main causes of data breaches and we must remember our users are human! It’s up to us to help limit the risk by:
- Forcing users to frequently change their password – even if they hate us for it
- Making sure policy dictates a different password for each program or part of the system
- To give regular training on Phishing or data security that affects them – and stop assuming they will know something is off when they see it
- To be approachable so that any issues are quickly reported
Doing these small things can make a big difference in data security and protection to minimise the risk of a breach due to compromised credentials. Here is the infographic and statistics below with some interesting results: