CHAPTER 3: THE HUMAN FACTOR: THE UNDERRATED THREAT

If you think technology can solve your security problems, then you don’t understand the problems and you don’t understand the technology. (Bruce Schneier, Secrets and Lies, 2000)

Are people the problem?

There is a vast selection of available security tools, including firewalls, intrusion detection systems, anti-virus solutions, and so much more. Each tool is designed to perform a very specific function, and using these tools provides one layer of protection for information systems. However, even the very best tools using the most advanced technology and the most secure algorithms cannot guarantee 100% system security. So, what is the weakest link in the security chain? The answer: people.

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