38 Tech Leaders Sign Cyber Resilience Pledge

How to enhance resilience by addressing human factors

In 2020, a study found “95% of cyber security breaches are due to human error”. Therefore, addressing cyber security, without considering the human element, would be like locking all the windows on your house but leaving the front door wide open. Changing employee behaviour can be difficult, time-consuming, expensive and arguably unethical. However, human factors experts have identified practical actions to enable organisations to minimise the risk of human-related cyber security incidents.

Cyber security incidents are often attributed to ‘human error’, Amanda Widdowson says organisations can reduce risk by applying a human factors approach.

Two new papers by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) provide guidance regarding behaviour change, cyber security maturity levels, organisational resilience, board decision-making and presentation of cyber security information. The Human Affected Cyber Security (HACS) framework paper identifies categories of risky human behaviour. Organisational causes were found to be at the root of most of them. Some behaviours and solutions follow…READ ON

Egypt has become symbol of growth resilience in Africa

As the only one of the three Africa largest economies (the others are Nigeria and South Africa) where GDP growth expanded strongly even at the peak of the pandemic downturn (3.3%), Egypt has become the symbol of growth resilience for the continent, according to the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank).

Afreximbank’s report “Africa’s 2022 Growth Prospects: Poise under Post-Pandemic and Heightening Geopolitical Pressures” highlighted that Egypt is projected to account for 17% of Africa’s combined output expansion in 2022, up from 16% in 2021. The two largest economies, Nigeria and South Africa, are expected to account for 17% and 15%, respectively of aggregate output of the region…READ ON

38 Tech Leaders Sign Cyber Resilience Pledge

The Coalition to Reduce Cyber Risk (CR2) announced this week that it has been joined by 37 organizations across eight countries in signing a pledge to improve cyber resilience and combat threats such as ransomware.

This shows, CR2 notes, that organizations are aware of the importance of collaboration in countering evolving threats and in implementing risk-based cybersecurity globally.

By signing the pledge, these organizations show their commitment to drive the development and implementation of risk-based approaches based on widely accepted standards and to support small businesses in adopting risk-based cybersecurity.

Additionally, they pledged to improve cybersecurity standards and incorporate them in policies and controls, and to periodically perform assessments of these policies and controls, to ensure they continue to be standard-compliant…READ ON

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