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5 Myths: Why We Are All Data Security Risks
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Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
9/15/2014 | 2:40:02 PM
Re: Silver Bullet
Agree that the perennial problem of user education (or lack of security education) needs to be addressed, but what i found most provacative in this blog was Lance's statement in Myth #2: "I am smart enough to spot phishing attacks."

I'm sure he -- and most of the rest of you in the Dark Reading community -- are a lot smarter than I am about spotting a phishing email and other attacks, but if someone with a resume like Lance's admits that he too is susceptible to the myths of data securty risks, we all really need to sit up and take notice.
LanceCottrell
LanceCottrell,
User Rank: Author
9/15/2014 | 2:33:33 PM
Re: Silver Bullet
I agree that there is no silver bullet. While user education is useful, I think it also allows security professions to let themselves off the hook. If a user can accidentally compromise their system, then there is a real problem with the design of the system.

Education of the executives, to ensure that proper security and security planning is a priority, is much more important. This article focuses mostly on breaking people out of a sense of complacency.
RyanSepe
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
9/15/2014 | 2:10:07 PM
Silver Bullet
There is no silver bullet where security is concerned. Users need to be aware of the multiple threat vectors and need to be prepared on how to secure themselves against them. Security is a layered approach and you cannot and should not feel 100% safe with one security component. 

However, I think this again boils down to education. Articles like this are extremely helpful in providing where there are vulnerabilities and metrics as to most typical watering holes. I would like to see a follow up to this for user education as to what can be done to protect the average user from those 5 myths.
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