Security is a people problem - right?

Monday, 5 May 2003, 3:47 PM EST

Let's face it - the one thing you can't predict with any accuracy is people's capacity for stupidity.

The organisers of the Infosecurity Europe 2003 found that 90% of office workers would reveal their passwords to a questioner at Waterloo Station in London. This is up from last year's 65%. What the survey tells us is that social engineering is a real threat and is getting smarter and that management is not addressing it. Shame on you all who have this responsibility.

You do not have to be a security expert to understand security basics. Human instinct usually prevents us handing over personal assets to a complete stranger and most of us manage to lock the door on the way out - some, though not all, might even set the alarm.

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