Importance of Individuals in Information Security

Contributed by A. Michele Parrish

This paper looks at the role of individuals in information security. The goal is to show that you and I are assets and liabilities when it comes to securing information. Many times we are the first line of defense whether it’s in choosing a good password, not falling prey to social engineering or in how we configure a firewall. Individuals must understand that company security is their responsibility and need to consider themselves an important component in protecting the company’s resources. They need to be trained properly in order to implement the correct measures to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data. This paper will examine effective training methods and ways to motivate individuals to take security seriously.

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