Survey Shows User Error Most Common PC Problem

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Is your firm worried about hackers? Have all the necessary precautions been taken to protect your company computers from security breaches? If you answered, "Yes," think again. A survey published by the security research company @stake shows that the single biggest cause of network security breaches is mistakes by users.

Here are some of the more common mistakes uncovered by the research company:

  • Leaving passwords on paper notes
  • Failing to change passwords from the default
  • Incorrectly configuring hardware
  • Encrypting data but leaving the data on a machine in unencrypted format
  • Connecting servers directly to the Internet, bypassing router firewalls

A similar survey conducted by KMPG produce comparable results. According to the KPMG survey, the majority of computer fraud is committed by employees trying to access the company's inside information.


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