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Weakness: Employees - the reason they are vulnerable to cyber attacks

Weakness: Employees – the reason they are vulnerable to cyber attacks

Whether in the home office or in the office: Today, a lot needs to be done quickly and often at the same time. This is a big problem for IT security, because stressed employees often without thinking open the door to hacker attacks. This is illustrated by a study by ESET and Myers-Briggs. But not every employee is equally vulnerable to cybercrime. Security incidents also seem to be a personal matter. The study identifies eight types that react differently to security issues in stressful situations.

  • For example, conscientious employees who are seen as cooperative, loyal and adaptable are particularly emphasized by working with inflexible colleagues. Under pressure, they ignore IT rules and stubbornly work to find an ideal solution for them – in the worst case at the expense of security.
  • On the other hand, the “active” type – analytical, social and logical thinking – emphasizes abstract tasks without practical applications. According to the analysis, this leads to over-confidence and dangerous cyber-attacks.
  • Above all, self-confident, positive and creative personalities with a high level of enthusiasm are attracted to phishing because they feel drawn to emails with interesting content.
  • The Internet of Things (IoT) can become a security issue, especially for business personality types, because they don’t leave setting up connected devices to IT experts because of overconfidence.
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