Cisco’s 2015 security report: people are still the problem

“[It] is the users themselves who become the weak point in the network”

Technical support teams have long used the acronym PEBCAK when human error is actually found to be at fault for supposedly technical issues. Now it seems that we in the information security industry should refer to SPEBCAK (security problem exists between chair and keyboard). Increasing evidence shows that the biggest security threat the average organisation faces is its own employees.

A new report agrees.

Cisco’s newly released 2015 Annual Security Report emphasises the fact that “Users and IT teams have become unwitting parts of the security problem.”

Cisco found that attackers are adapting to technical security responses, and are relying more and more on the carelessness of users, especially their response to spam and phishing attacks:

  • The volume of spam increased 250% from January 2014 to November 2014.
  • Snowshoe spam – sending low volumes of spam from a large set of IP addresses to avoid detection – is an emerging threat.
  • Cyber criminals are reliant on users unwittingly installing malware.

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As the Cisco report notes, “it has never been more critical for organizations of all sizes to understand that security is a people problem… and that the time to take a new approach to security is now.” Organisations that are concerned about the threat of malware are advised to employ a best-practice solution to information security.

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  1. bill caelli 22nd January 2015