The Importance Of Human Factor In Information Security

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Without human factors, random passwords, system-selected passwords, and long passwords can be considered as secure as compared to passwords based on names, passwords selected by user, and long short passwords. In addition, the habit of forcing users to make changes to password frequently and requisition for users to have different passwords for different entries should be adequate in efforts to fighting unsecure access. However, human factor is an issue that cannot be ignored in the contemporary society. This is because when the above restrictions have been implemented on a system, the users are forced to write down their passwords in order to be able to retrieve them whenever they seem to forget. Either on yellow stickers pasted on stations, cheat slip in the user's upper drawer, or on a file in the hard disk, the users find it hard to resist the urge to write down the passwords thus exposing their systems further. Hence, this implies that in designing websites access, designers and security administrators need to consider most of the users who have limited memories. In any case, the only people who are known to be able to remember many extended strings of arbitrary elements are…show more content…
However, it has been largely underestimated in the modern society with 85% of firms in the modern times being forced to experience an internal incident regarding their information security and websites. These incidences are sometimes serious as some firms end up losing their sensitive information to unauthorized individuals and others having their systems destroyed. Some surveys done in the recent past by Panko (2008) reveal that the most common types of threats to system security from inside a firm involve vulnerabilities and flaws existing in software applications, unintended leaks of data due to errors caused by human beings, and the theft or the loss of mobile and handheld
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