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Attack security literacy with brute force
This article is part of the September 2013 Volume 15 / No. 7 issue of Information Security magazine
Most organizations spend thousands of dollars on the latest technology to heighten security and yet overlook one of the lowest cost options available -- increasing security literacy in its employees. The ancient Chinese proverb is true: "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." And, we don't mean create an enterprise security awareness program with catchy slogans and no real security education. Teach employees why security is important and show them how hackers use vulnerabilities, created by human carelessness, to attack enterprise networks and computer systems. Too many times, organizations treat employees as if they can't comprehend the security threats that we try to protect them from technologically. End users love to download software for their PCs and applications for their personal devices to help them with their work or provide some personal enjoyment. Unfortunately, many of them don't ever consider the possibilities of backdoors, spyware, ransomware or botnets ...
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