According to a new analysis from CybSafe, human error caused 90% of cyber breaches in the UK last year. Of the 2,376 cyber breaches reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), nine out of 10 resulted from mistakes made by end-users – an increase from the previous two years when 61% and 87% were attributed to human error, respectively. The primary cause of breaches was phishing, which accounted for 45% of all reports to the ICO.
4iQ’s 2018 Identity Breach Report highlighted the prevalence of cyber issues caused by human error. The good news is that these types of breaches are largely preventable. It is important to implement adequate security measures while also educating employees company-wide on cyber best practices.
Alashe was quick to argue that the statistics should not provoke a negative reaction. “Employees of course pose a certain level of cyber-risk to their employers, as seen in our findings thus far. Nevertheless, people also have an important role to play in helping to protect the companies they work for, and human cyber-risk can almost always be significantly reduced by encouraging changes in staff cyber-awareness, behavior and culture.”