A new report looks at the human element in cybersecurity, which researchers call "Cyberchology."
The report focuses on the connection between individual personality, stress, and cybersecurity in the ever-growing virtual workplace.
According to the report, cybercrime in the UK has increased by 63 percent since the pandemic lockdown forced nearly three-quarters of businesses interviewed to move at least half of their operations into the remote workplace.
The Chief Information Security Officers (CISO) who participated in the study point to human error as their biggest challenge, with only 25 percent reporting confidence in the effectiveness of their remote workplace strategy.
Cybersecurity experts say the pandemic and subsequent switch to remote working elevates cybersecurity risk because of the abrupt and drastic change in business processes, the lack of central security, and the widespread atmosphere of anxiety.
Because the human element in cybersecurity is so prevalent, leadership expert, John Hackston, suggests businesses combine the efforts of HR and IT in developing a "holistic cybersecurity strategy that accounts for the human factor." He believes by utilizing psychology-based testing measures, HR staff can uncover employee weaknesses that IT can use to develop a better security strategy and more effective user protocols. "Every employee has a cybersecurity blind spot" www.helpnetsecurity.com (Nov. 09, 2020).