5 information security trends that will dominate 2015

Cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated and collaborative with every coming year. To combat the threat in 2015, information security professionals must understand these five trends.

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5. Engagement With Your People

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And that brings us full circle to every organization's greatest asset and most vulnerable target: people.

Over the past few decades, organizations have spent millions, if not billions, of dollars on information security awareness activities. The rationale behind this approach, Durbin says, was to take their biggest asset — people — and change their behavior, thus reducing risk by providing them with knowledge of their responsibilities and what they need to do.

But this has been — and will continue to be — a losing proposition, Durbin says. Instead, organizations need to make positive security behaviors part of the business process, transforming employees from risks into the first line of defense in the organization's security posture.

"As we move into 2015, organizations need to shift from promoting awareness of the problem to creating solutions and embedding information security behaviors that a?ect risk positively," Durbin says. "The risks are real because people remain a 'wild card.' Many organizations recognize people as their biggest asset, yet many still fail to recognize the need to secure 'the human element' of information security. In essence, people should be an organization's strongest control."

"Instead of simply making people aware of their information security responsibilities and how they should respond, the answer for businesses of all sizes is to embed positive information security behaviors that will result in 'stop and think' behavior becoming a habit and part of an organization's information security culture," Durbin adds. "While many organizations have compliance activities which fall under the general heading of 'security awareness,' the real commercial driver should be risk, and how new behaviors can reduce that risk."

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