Human error is responsible for 90% of hacks

The first line of defense against piracy is down. This was revealed by the multinational IBM. Most cyberattacks are made possible by human error. The pandemic has served as a springboard for internet fraudsters, who have expanded their reach because working from home has exposed corporate networks to the attention of these criminals.

The increase in criminal activities on the Internet has also found in the process of digitization a real windfall, exposing countless corporate networks to hacker attacks.

Increased security is needed, but the overcomplexity of these systems only increases the holes through which cybercriminals can penetrate.

This is why the main current challenge is the awareness and good practices of users, whose computers have become very exposed. According to IBM, 90% of attacks are due to poor user practices.

REUTERS/KACPER PEMPEL – A hooded hacker is holding a laptop

The second challenge is how to deal with new threats arising from technological advanceswhich, while representing new business opportunities, also carry dangers, due to the confluence of technological and human aspects.

A third IT challenge is the use of increasingly sophisticated tools. These include artificial intelligence and machine learning, qui are used to better anticipate and identify attacks, as well as the resources to neutralize them.

The fourth challenge for the system is to achieve sustainability amid so many innovations, like the Internet of Things, which allows many devices to share sensitive information and data. “Therefore, the technology infrastructure becomes unsustainable due to various malicious threats and unintentional errors. It is imperative to achieve a more sustainable ICT infrastructure by providing secure and privacy-enhancing solutions,” said David Megías, Director of the Interdisciplinary Internet Institute.


A fifth IT security challenge is that personal data does not necessarily come from a cyberattack.but can be exposed by security flaws in the platforms themselves or by lack of user awareness of this type of vulnerability.

“The big challenge is to make data security and privacy compatible so that the technology is usable and we can work comfortably with it while protecting our systems and data”explains Helena Rifà, director of the Master in Cybersecurity and Privacy at the Faculty of Computing, Multimedia and Telecommunications of the UOC.

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Human error is responsible for 90% of hacks

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