Execs Remain Weak Link in Cybersecurity Chain

Infosecurity Magazine | February 01, 2019

Execs Remain Weak Link in Cybersecurity Chain
Despite their high-ranking positions, senior executives are reportedly the weak link in the corporate cybersecurity chain with a new report from The Bunker, which finds that cyber-criminals often target this known vulnerability. A recently published white paper, Are You the Weakest Link? How Senior Executives Can Avoid Breaking the Cybersecurity Chain, found that those at the top are guilty of a bit of grandiosity. They disregard cybersecurity threats and policies under the misguided perception that the rules don’t apply to their unique positions. “Professional hackers and adversaries will usually do a thorough investigation into a senior executive or board level director, including full analysis which could entail in-depth monitoring of the company website and associated social media accounts,” the report said.Most executives make the same five mistakes, according to the report. Senior executives fail to realize that they are prime targets for cybercriminals, which is potentially a result of their view that cybersecurity is an IT responsibility that doesn’t have anything to do with their executive positions.

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