Taking the complexity out of IT security

Creating awareness among workers a key to closing security gaps

It’s astounding to me that so many organizations haven’t woken up to the security realities of the 21st century. While cyber criminals and various "hacktivist" groups like Anonymous are a serious threat, more often than not, it’s the careless employee who is responsible for data leakage or the infection of the network with a virus. Just last week, we reported that two U.S. power plants were infected with malware as a result of the use of infected USB drives. In one of the incidents a power plant employee was to blame, while the other was caused by a third-party technician. These types of network intrusions will continue until both companies and their workers take responsibility for cyber security.