Did you know that cybersecurity doesn’t just pose technical challenges? In fact, companies must always keep their eye on the human component of cyber risk too. 

In this piece by Christopher Ott on the Rothwell Figg Privacy Zone, it is emphasised that the human element is always vitally important for any cyber defence set up. You simply cannot rely on tech alone.

On August 26, 2020, the United States Department of Justice charged a Russian national for offering $1 million to a Tesla employee in return for them infecting their employer’s network with malware. Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov met with the employee on multiple occasions as part of the recruitment effort. The malware was designed to exfiltrate data from Tesla. The criminal group behind the attack allegedly would then demand $4 million in return for the information. This is a case where a human weakness is being used to infiltrate a technical weakness and whilst pretty shocking, this is not uncommon.

As always, better education and greater awareness are essential, not to mention how important it is to test the human resilience, as well as technical.