Human Error Is the Biggest Threat to Cyber Security

Executives list top cyber security concerns but are reluctant to bring in the right solutions.

Educating employees about the dangers that lurk in the cyber world can be an important aspect of keeping your data safe, but it’s not the only way to approach cyber security. In fact, according to a study by Oracle titled “Security In The Age of AI,” protecting your data, applications, and mobile devices, among other things that connect to your network, and adopting automated solutions, including artificial intelligence solutions, can be the most powerful tools in your arsenal.

Human error, according to the report, is the biggest threat to your security. While training people can solve some problems, it’s not going to help you fight the innovative cybercriminals who evolve at an astounding rate.

Top Concerns

According to the Oracle study, some of the most sensitive information that company leaders worry about includes internal personal information, customer-sensitive data, credit card and bank information, customer behavior data, and financial records. Most of these areas include data that is stored, to some degree, on-premise. 

Unfortunately, rather than invest in technologies that protect this data, C-suite executives are throwing money at people, even though they know their biggest vulnerabilities are related to human error.

Making Changes

However, there is a developing shift toward addressing human errors. The study finds that 60% of respondents said they’re upgrading software solutions, and 54% said they’re purchasing new software with enhanced security features. Around half of them said they’re upgrading infrastructure to address cyber security concerns, and 47% said they’re updating or changing their policies.

There is some room for improvement in getting more executives to invest in artificial intelligence to address concerns, as only 33% said they’ve taken the leap toward those technologies.

The AI Advantage

Rather than rely on humans to address cyber security, autonomous technology, which is a marriage of machine learning and artificial intelligence, can assist in areas such as self-securing and self-repairing capabilities within the cyber security infrastructure.

An autonomous technology approach can help you detect threats, and it’s even being used biometrically, such as with fingerprint scans or retina scans for logging in to the system. This can be a huge boost in the fight against lackluster password hygiene.

Utilizing an autonomous solution isn’t without its challenges, and it could be a reason more organizations haven’t bought into it. For instance, doing it right involves having trained personnel who know how to use it to its maximum potential. It also takes a lot of computing power, which equates to significant budget resources.

Having the right agent on your side can make a massive difference in protecting your environment. At Compass Solutions, we’re working with clients to find customized solutions that work for their specific and unique needs. Contact us, and let’s work on finding the best cyber security solutions.

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