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Thursday, 05 October 2017 18:00

Ignoring Cyber Security Warnings: Disrupting the Norm

Despite the continual emergence of new malware, hackers, and data breaches, people continue to ignore security warnings. Researchers have suggested this all comes down to our brains.

With most successful cybersecurity attacks, we are constantly seeing it come down to basic human errors. From opening phishing emails to using weak passwords to running outdated software, people have long been compromising their own – or their employers’ – security. Cyber-criminals are always looking to exploit this flaw.

Most People Are Ignoring Cyber Security Warnings

We tend to blame people for clicking on links to malware or not following policies or training. Unfortunately, we are training people to ignore warnings. Think about your own experience – how often do you ignore a security warning that a website is not secure? We often believe, correctly, that it is an expired certificate and nothing is wrong. Also, with all the scam security warnings that pop up, we have allowed people to become accustomed to believing that the warnings are not valid.