It’s no coincidence that cybersecurity terminology borrows heavily from medicine: bugs, immunity, infections, and viruses. And, as we all know, based on the advice of washing our hands for the umpteenth time and singing “Happy Birthday” twice, prevention often works better than a cure.
In cybersecurity, as in medicine, achieving good outcomes requires as many people as possible practicing smart behavior until they become habitual across the organization. Basic physical hygiene such as hand washing, teeth brushing and coughing with one’s mouth covered are taught when we’re young by parents with an arsenal of tips and tricks encouraging us along. And why do we consider good cyber hygiene so important? Well, because anywhere up to 90 percent of data breaches are caused by human error and are therefore preventable.
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