What is the Most Underestimated IT Security Threat, and Why?
December 19, 2016
By GERD MEISSNER
One of the most chilling developments in IT security this past year were the cyber attacks reported on energy utilities and manufacturing plants, which exploited critical infrastructure vulnerabilities introduced by the convergence of IT and Operational Technology (OT). Yet they were barely noticed by the broader public, not nearly as much as Hillary Clinton pulling rank on her IT staff to use a private email server.
Time for a reality check? For our InfoSec Luminary Lineup blog discussion series, we asked cybersecurity leaders and experts: “What is the most underestimated IT security threat, and why?”
In their responses, they don’t dabble in technicalities of the vulnerability-de-jour variety. Instead, all of our contributors paint the bigger picture.
It isn’t pretty. The most underestimated IT security threat is… – “all of us,” as Frederick Scholl (Monarch Information Networks) writes. His fellow contributors seem to agree. It’s the “‘people aspect’ of cybersecurity,” Law & Forensic LLC’s Daniel Garrie points out, that deserves more of our attention.
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