Technology has become an extremely powerful tool, allowing us to do just about anything we want, anytime we want, anywhere we want.

In addition new developments are only accelerating this trend. For example cloud technology enables you to access your data, games, music, email or movies regardless of where you are and when you need it. With the development of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, you now have a universal device to view, modify and share that very same data.

Simply efficient

"These amazing advances have made it only simpler for cyber attackers to commit fraud, identity theft, extortion and corporate espionage."

Technologies such as these have not only made our personal lives much simpler, but also made organizations more efficient. They can quickly create and develop new products, analyze huge amounts of information, and help coordinate the activities of employees globally. However all these amazing advances have made it only simpler for cyber attackers to commit fraud, identity theft, extortion and corporate espionage.

The growing human vulnerability

We in the security community have strived to keep up with both these advancing threats and technology. We have made tremendous progress; operating systems are more secure, web filtering has become widespread, and enterprise solutions such intrusion detection and firewalls have become far more effective. However, as technological solutions continue to improve, one key weakness continues to stand out, the human element. While organizations have poured billions of dollars into technology, very little has been done to secure their people. This is why the human has become the primary attack vector, as reported by Microsoft in their most recent Security Intelligence Report and recent incidents at Google, Oak Ridge National labs and hundreds of other organization.

Education is key

The key solution here is not technology but education and awareness. By changing employee behaviors, people can not only become a primary control for preventing attacks, but they can also be leveraged for helping detect and respond to them.

Organizations need to deploy active security awareness programs that are engaging and training their people on a continual basis. Awareness, not just technology, is the key in today’s rapidly changing world in securing your organization.