Monday, April 17, 2006

The weakest link in the security chain? You

Human error was responsible for nearly 60 per cent of information security breaches last year, a new study has found.

According to the fourth annual CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association) study on information security and the workforce, released on Tuesday, this figure is significantly higher than the number in 2004, when 47 per cent of security breaches were blamed on human error alone.

Despite the prominent role that human behaviour plays in information security breaches, just 29 per cent of the 574 organisations worldwide that participated in the survey said security training is a must for employees. Only 36 per cent of organisations offer security awareness training, the study found.

"The primary cause of security breaches - human error - is not being adequately addressed," Brian McCarthy, chief operating officer of CompTIA, said in a statement. "The person behind the PC continues to be the primary area where weaknesses are exposed."

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