The Real Key to Cybersecurity is Psychology

 It's all very well good to put in place solid technologies. However, the best approach to maintaining your data security is to comprehend how people think.

Cybersecurity leads to peace

It's a fact that has stood the test of time. Individuals will constantly be your vulnerable cybersecurity links, regardless of how strong your protections are, how high your walls are, or how profound your ditch is. They're the most powerful doorway into a secure network, the largest source of data leakage, and, in the end, the most serious risk to your infrastructure.

And countering that danger necessitates more than just mitigation techniques and toolkits; it also necessitates more than just surveillance systems. 

It necessitates knowledge of psychology. You must understand how your employees operate, but you must also understand how your enemies consider. 

You'll know precisely what remains to be improved to actively mitigate and prevent any data leakage and cyber attacks once you have that knowledge.

Maintaining people's safety

People have historically had a confrontational association with cybersecurity. Even though customers are significantly more security-concerned than in the past, ease still takes precedence over safety. They just want to get on with their work and be as productive as possible without worrying about compromising company information.

And, to be honest, they typically are. There are a variety of explanations for this type of conduct. They may be unaware of the dangers of their actions, or they may not comprehend how they are jeopardizing data. Perhaps they think of safety as an IT issue instead of something they need to be concerned about, or maybe they aren't getting the information they require.

Knowing Your Enemies

You'll be smart enough to work out why someone would attack your most valuable resources after you know what they are.

You can properly design a plan to safeguard them if you comprehend this. Suppose you practice in healthcare, for instance. In that case, they may try to seize patient information and trade it on the dark web, or they may try to extort money from you by encrypting it with a ransom. Intentional hacks may be politically driven if your company has lately made some controversial actions.

Making Money

The most basic motive is, of course, money. A hacker aiming to enable identity theft may seek a business to generate money. They could also be attempting to steal confidential information like product designs or client databases.

They could be involved in a criminal gang seeking to trade the information to the biggest bidder. They could also just be attempting to blackmail a company by encrypting the information with ransomware (or threatening them with the release of that data). This motive is the simplest to foresee and defend against: merely figure out what information has the highest financial value to an intruder (and what information has the highest monetary value to you), then close it down.

Making a Declaration

Is there anything contentious that your company has done recently? You should be on the lookout for 'hacktivists' driven by politics or social justice issues. These criminals may merely wish to darken your eyes a little to give you a lesson. Still, quite often, they're aiming to effect a shift - potentially by leaking harmful material like the Panama Papers attack.

Managing Director of Cerberus Sentinel, Christian Espinosa explains how employers can foster a more empathetic workforce in his new book, The Smartest Person in The Room. You can read it today. 

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