By Genady Vishnevetsky
The IDC forecasted that security spending would reach $81.7 billion in 2017, an increase of 8.2% from 2016. Enterprises from Fortune 50 to small businesses continue to seek a silver bullet. The economy produces a dozen new security vendors every month who promise to solve all our problems. Yet, according to a 2017 Verizon report, 43% of users are still falling for simple social engineering attacks and 81% of users are still using weak or re-claimed passwords. We all are focusing on the wrong things. If we look at the fundamental shift in the security paradigm over the past five years, we can’t ignore the fact that traditional network boundaries are erased, while inherent trust from social media drives many of our decisions. Protection is no longer working, so we shift to cybersecurity risk detection and response. Each of us carries at least one computer in our pocket that is as powerful as our desktop from five years ago; and it is always on, always connected.
Technology and protection are necessary, but we must shift our focus to what matters most – Dave, the weakest link. Our duty as security practitioners is to focus on continuous user education and awareness, but we must be careful with the approach we take.
Dave is fine!
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