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The Role of the “Human Factor” in Protecting Information

August 09, 2019

In an article published in South Carolina Lawyers Weekly on August 7, Jack Pringle discusses the role of the human factor in protecting information.

While attorneys tend to rely on computer technologies to protect their information, no product or service is able to fully protect this information on its own. Tools like firewalls and anti-malware software are helpful, but it is important for people to recognize that human error is often the result of many security incidents.

Take, for example, the Business Email Compromise (BEC) scheme that targets businesses regularly making wire transfer payments. This is a transaction that is done so regularly, people may not pay close attention to red flags, such as changing wire instructions right before the payment is supposed to happen.

If people don’t consider and understand security risks and use the right computer technology, the security program is ineffective.

“Law firms must make sure that all of their people are a well-trained and knowledgeable ‘security layer’ working with processes and computer technology—to protect information. And making yourself and your office aware of the vulnerabilities caused by the “human factor” is a significant part of that process,” concludes Jack.

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