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End Users Causing Bulk Of Infosec Headaches
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Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
2/19/2015 | 9:36:55 AM
Stop blaming the user
Let's not blame the victim here. Sure users can be careless sometimes (alright , lots of times), but given the sophistication of attacks today, many of the most knowledgeable information security professionals concede that they too can be tricked by a well-crafted phishing email. Don't believe me? ICYMI, read 5 Myths: Why We Are All Data Security Risks.
RyanSepe
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
2/20/2015 | 9:30:40 AM
Re: Stop blaming the user
I agree @Marilyn Cohodas. Phishing emails are becoming more and more authentic looking and even the most security savvy users will fall victim when going through a routine. Drive by downloads are also difficult to tackle as user interaction is not required. Yes user awareness training is defintely a monumental help but will not be a silver bullet.
macker490
macker490,
User Rank: Ninja
2/21/2015 | 9:15:41 AM
Re: Stop blaming the user
(1) email should be authenticated.   the means of doing this has been available for years: use PGP/Desktop or ENIGMAIL with Thunderbird if you are into FSF

(2) your operating software should not allow itself to be compromised by the actions of an erroneous or improper application program.    that has been a guideline since System/360 -- date 1964.  It was baked into x86 witht he release of 80386,-- but theO/S must properly implement the available tools
Dr.T
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
2/24/2015 | 1:08:30 PM
Re: Stop blaming the user
Phishing is one thing and emails with attachments and links are very common these days. A few friends I know experienced malware coming via email in their networks recently.
RyanSepe
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
2/26/2015 | 8:29:55 AM
Re: Stop blaming the user
One cool proactive step that can be done to promote user security awareness is phishing exercises. I know tools such as metasploit have the capability to perform these test runs and output statistical data to see where your company is lacking.
macker490
macker490,
User Rank: Ninja
2/21/2015 | 9:12:16 AM
Re: Stop blaming the user
no, Erica : it's INSECURE SOFTWARE that is the problem.
Dr.T
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
2/24/2015 | 1:11:13 PM
Re: Stop blaming the user
I agree mainly, I would add unsecured network to that list. At the end of the day security is a layered journey.
Dr.T
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
2/24/2015 | 12:59:41 PM
Re: Stop blaming the user
I agree, the users are just trying to get their talks done, they do not want anytugn to do with the system to start with, they want to finish their daily tasks and go home and have a peaceful night. :--))
Kwattman
Kwattman,
User Rank: Black Belt
2/25/2015 | 11:55:14 AM
Re: Stop blaming the user
Agreed. Sadly, the majority of companies either do not train or reply on 1x-2x a year training for users. This is not enough to raise awarenress and train users effectively. Aberdeen is right and we've seen massive reduction in risk, APTs and attacks when users are trained AND kept aware with regularly phishing tests. 
Dr.T
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
2/24/2015 | 12:56:26 PM
Blame users?
We can continue to blame users, that is an each approach for IT professionals, the problem is that that would not change the ultimate outcome. We will continue to be in fighting security problems with that approach.


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