Emsisoft Blog: Cybersecurity is about people, not technology


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Contrary to popular belief, the main objective of cybersecurity is not to protect an organization’s computers, servers, networks or accounts. In fact, it doesn’t really have anything to do with technology at all.

In this blog post, we explore why cybersecurity is more about people than technology and what organizations can do to bring the all-important human element back into focus.
Technology provides humans with a safety net. Telling users doesn’t stop them from clicking links. No matter how well trained the user, they will slip up at some point and make a mistake. Additionally, some users act maliciously and will intentionally seek to do harm to the organization in which they work. Cybersecurity helps protect businesses against these inherently human weaknesses.

At the same time, all the technology in the world won’t stop cyberattacks if you don’t have buy-in from your users. Technology, of course, plays a critical role in cybersecurity strategy, but it is not a strategy in and of itself. The line between cyber risk and business risk is becoming increasingly blurrier and organizations need to start recognizing that cybersecurity is more about people than it is about tech.

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