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Cyber-security Awareness: A Battle Between the Rational and Impulsive Brains

July 5, 2016

Since the dawn of information technology, when computers were the size of rooms and held hardly any information, they have required a human to operate them.

Since the dawn of information technology, when computers were the size of rooms and held hardly any information, they have required a human to operate them. Much research has been done on the effects of computers on us as people, a society and where the relationship is headed.

 

But what is the impact on us today, now that we are already in an age of “ubiquitous computing”, according to Dr Michiu Kaku, a Japanese-American futurist, theoretical physicist and populariser of science?

 

IBM's 2015 Cyber Security Intelligence Index stated that 45 percent of all breaches were due to insiders and that 95 percent of those breaches were due to human error. In other words, 42.75 percent of the average companies' breaches were due mostly to inadequately or improperly trained personnel. That is a staggering statistic which should demonstrate why it is an imperative to educate the modern digital workforce on the importance of being safe “digitally”.

 

Jacob Ginsberg, senior director at Echoworx, speaking with SCMagazineUK.com, said that, “There are certain basic things which you are taught as a human from a very young age, like ‘don't talk to strangers', ‘don't touch a hot oven', ‘make sure you wear sunscreen'.” He went on to explain that, “...we should probably have similar lessons like that which would educate the digital workforce on the basic things you can do to stay safe at work.”

 

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