People can be strongest link in cyber security, says NCSC


People are often seen as the weakest link when it comes to cyber security, but that must change, says the National Cyber Security Centre

Information security has traditionally been led by technology and, as a result, the role and value of people has been overlooked. That is the view of Emma W, people-centred security team lead at the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

The perception of people as the weakest link is unfair and a natural consequence of a technology-led security culture, she told Computer Weekly.

“We have not always had people working in cyber security with a deep understanding of human behaviour or the input of psychologists, social scientists and the like to tell us why people behave the way they do.

“As a result, organisations tend to treat users as people who should do as they are told, but they don’t always, and often the reason is because they can’t.

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