Thursday 23 November 2017

THE READY BUSINESS PODCAST: How to hack a human: your staff are the weakest - and strongest - link against cyber threats

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On this week's show, Brian Purcell finds out why your staff can be the weakest - and strongest - link against cyber crime.

Ahead of INM's Dublin InfoSec 2017 conference in the RDS on Nov 1st, Brian spoke to Dr. Jessica Barker, a consultant specialising in the human side of cybersecurity.

Dr. Jessica Barker, a consultant specialising in the human side of cyber security
Dr. Jessica Barker, a consultant specialising in the human side of cyber security

"It’s not about not trusting people but if security isn’t your day job how can you be expected not to make mistakes? Saying people are the weakest link is to underestimate the threat," says Barker.

“People are more aware of cybersecurity and threats in a general sense and it has been increasing in the public consciousness especially with the likes of attacks such as WannaCry.  But you can know the name of something but not necessarily understand it.”

And if you're a small business or enterprise, attacks against SMEs are growing all the time and you have to be ready.

On this podcast, Dr. Barker explains why the pressure on staff is getting too onerous and a greater culture of awareness and training is needed in businesses and organisations.

“As an industry, so much of the focus is on the tech and it hasn’t really considered the  human side of cybersecurity and the burden we put on people when it comes to not falling prey to spammers or hackers.  It’s an unreal expectation we put on staff.”

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