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You've only yourselves to blame

Humans, not IT, at fault in hacking cases

Nearly all security breaches can be attributed to human error and not inadequate technology, according to a study carried out by the Computer Security Institute.

The study, which looked into the security workings of over 200 firms worldwide, found that in many cases hackers had taken advantage of common vulnerabilities and, in some cases, stupid mistakes made by management.

“It’s not easy to hack into these systems, but there are people who devote their life to that sort of thing," said Paola Bassanese, e-business analyst at IT research firm Ovum.

The CSI study revealed a massive 93 percent of breaches were due to errors in systems configuration, with only a tiny seven percent due to substandard technology.

"We must remember that hackers are getting cleverer all the time," said a spokesperson at Microsoft, which had several of its sites hacked earlier this year. "As soon as companies develop new barriers, the hackers start knocking them down."

Microsoft was unwilling to confirm whether breaches to its own site were due to human error.

According to the report, without systems being configured correctly and staff members continually updating their technology skills, even the best firewall system can be rendered useless.


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