“Employees are at the root of most cyber breaches” said Judy Selby, Partner of BakerHostetler LLP, while moderating “The Weakest Link: Employee Practices Around Cybersecurity” panel at Legaltech in early February. Selby was joined by Gamelah Palagonia, Founder of Privacy Professionals, Amy DeCesare, AVP, Litigation Management, Allied World and Xenia Ley Parker, principal of XLP Associates.
With recent breaches in the press, we tend to focus on technology, however these events mostly happen because of employee behavior. It could be as simple as a well-meaning employee sending business documents home to work over the weekend, or because an unprotected laptop was stolen, or because an email was forwarded to the wrong person. Breaches can occur maliciously by disgruntled employees as well.
The impact of employee behavior on cybersecurity is an important issue, and probably isn’t getting as much attention as it should, said Selby. Tips for employers