The Human Element

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1. The human element of an organisation (Employees) produce and use data during daily operations, hence, they are also responsible for securing and protecting it.
Types of Cyber Security Threats from 'The Human Element'

Notes (1): Being a form of defense within organizations, they are either the cyber criminals themselves or are being targeted by cyber criminals. Organizations should develop measures to prevent their employees from harboring malicious intent against them and procedures on how employees can respond appropriately should they be targeted.

Related terms: Cyber Security Threats

Examples of human element cyber security threats:

(Source: Business Continuity Management Institute - BCM Institute)


2. Human beings play a significant role in data breaches and cybersecurity incidents. This should come as no surprise – after all, we are the ones who produce, consume, use, depend on, and as a result, have to secure and protect digital data. Because of this, humans fulfill the roles of threat actors, targeted victims, cybersecurity defenders and incident response stakeholders.
Source: (Verizon, 2017)