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Security Starts with the User Experience
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BrianN060
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2/28/2018 | 11:36:01 AM
Security Starts with the User Experience
@Michael: "...companies think that users with legitimate access to sensitive data are the biggest risk..." The problem is that any data might become "sensitive data" when combined with other data; and that other data might not be considered "sensitive" either, and doesn't have to be from the same data source. 

@Peter: You raise some good points, including the need to emphasize prevention over remediation.  Changing attitudes and practices in application development won't be easy; and there are limitations to the effectiveness of safeguards at the application-user experience level (they really belong closer to the data).  Partly that's the inherent problem of anticipating all of the ways user interaction might compromise security - when you think you've thought of everything, someone will surprise you (usually by doing something very clever or unimaginably dumb).  Also, the user experience part of it nearly always trumps security concerns; so anything that encumbers or makes that experience less enticing will likely be vetoed.  There's another concern that pushes security to the back of the bus: revenue.  From a developer's perspective: compromise the user experience or the revenue stream, and you get immediate, and invariably negative, feedback.  Compromise security, and it might never get back to you - so how would you set your priorities? 
Michael Fimin Netwrix
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Michael Fimin Netwrix,
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2/28/2018 | 4:59:50 AM
Insiders are the weakest link in your security
This is so true! No matter how much effort and investments you have put in your security, your business users can derail all your work in a couple of minutes. Most companies think that users with legitimate access to sensitive data are the biggest risk, and the only way to try to fix that is to educate them and raise cyber security awareness. In addition, you always should have visibility into your IT infrastructure to check if your employees follow security policies established in your company. 


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