It’s official, humans are the main cause of data breaches – highlighting the importance of educating employees on your workplace’s security governance and standards.

In the recent quarterly report for the new Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme, Australian organisations reported a total of 63 data breaches in a six week period. Human error was the cause of the largest number of these data breaches reported, not hackers.

What constitutes human error?

The leading cause of human error is sending a document containing personal information to the incorrect recipient. Other ways humans risk breach are:

  • Lost or stolen removable media, USB sticks or mobile devices
  • Using third party file sharing tools for sensitive documents
  • The use of default passwords and names
  • System misconfigurations.
The recent and heavily publicised Commonwealth Bank data breach, where two tapes that held information from 19.8 million customer accounts went missing, was a result of human error.

These types of errors can not only be incredibly costly, but also risk irreparable reputational damage. With 60% of all SMEs being forced to close down within months of a breach, it’s vital to bridge the knowledge gap between security and digital threats.

But where do you start?

With the new mandatory data breach reporting law in full swing, it’s important to refine your cyber security approach to meet new requirements and at the same time, lower a risk of breach.

The NDB scheme is an opportunity to improve on existing security governance and standards, response plans and training. Organisations can drastically reduce the cost of a data breach by educating employees not to skimp on security.

To help better understand new mandatory data breach reporting, Kiandra’s Head of Security, Dan Weis, will take you through what the new law really means and how you can best prepare your staff and safeguard your business at our upcoming free breakfast seminar.

Contact the award-winning team at Kiandra IT today to learn more about data breaches.