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ISACA Journal: How to Audit the Human Element and Assess Your Organization’s Security Risk

ISACA Journal How to Audit the Human Element in Cyber

The 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), Verizon’s ninth annual report, revealed some grim news—the human threat vector is more dangerous than ever. The latest DBIR reaffirmed the fact that employees continued to play a major role in many of the breaches in the past year. Some 63 percent of confirmed breaches involved weak, default or stolen passwords. Worse, miscellaneous error—staff sending information to the wrong person—accounted for nearly 18 percent of breaches.1 Despite a wealth of preventive measures, employees remain one of the costliest vectors in a number of data breaches and security incidents, which are increasing at an alarming rate.

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