Human factors in data security

“Security experts [in Singapore] are calling for greater emphasis on human factors in dealing with IT security risks and reiterating the need for technology to be the last line of defense” including educating workers about the risks of data mismanagement through training.  Source: ZD Net.

 As an observation, this argument appears particularly valid in light of the recent discovery of the Stuxnet computer virus in an Iranian nuclear facility, which can potentially attack and take control of critical systems (leading to shutdowns or even explosions).  Importantly, the virus is thought to have been bought into the facility by a USB device (whether deliberately or unintentionaly is unknown).  It’s prudent to say, with the advent of the Stuxnet virus, human factors in data management deserves a second-thought.

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