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Human skill and expertise ‘most important element’ of cyber resilience

Infosecurity Europe poll results cast spotlight on cyber resilience elements, pressures faced by IT security professionals, and the need to protect their mental health.

Human skill and expertise have been singled out by more than 40% of respondents to the latest Twitter poll by Infosecurity Europe as the most important element of a successful cyber resilience approach.

Human skill and expertise was the clear leader with 40.5% of respondents in answer to the question ‘what is the most important element of a successful cyber resilience approach?’. It was followed by ‘Implementing best practice’ at 22.5%, and ‘Governance and compliance’ at 20.1% said governance and compliance. ‘Implementing advanced technology’ rated as the lowest priority by 16.8% of respondents.

The poll also examined the repercussions of the pressures faced by workers asking information security workers the question ‘Have you ever made significant mistakes as a result of being overstretched or stressed at work’? More than 50% said ‘Yes’; 26.8% answered ‘Yes, significant errors’, while a further 31.9% said ‘Yes, but minor mistakes’ had been made. Twenty-five percent of respondents to this question said ‘No’, while 16.2% said that they ‘Didn’t know’.

Drawing 6,686 responses, the Infosecurity Europe Twitter poll was conducted during the week of 10 February (2020). Its aim was to explore the importance of resilience in cyber security – i.e., the ability of an organisation and its cyber security practitioners to prepare, respond, and recover when cyber attacks strike.

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