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Industrial cyberattacks often due to employee error

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Employees (opens in new tab)still pose the greatest cybersecurity risk for industrial processes, as they are the ones to most often err and make a mess.

This is according to a new report by Kaspersky which claims that more than half (52 per cent) of all incidents around operational technology, or industrial control systems were in fact human errors (opens in new tab).

The report also states that the problem is more than meets the eye. Industrial infrastructure has grown more complex in these past couple of years, and employees couldn’t adapt in time. To make matters worse, finding skilled staff continues to prove quite the challenge.

Yet, businesses will push forward with the digitisation of industrial networks, as most see it as one of the more important tasks to do. They believe cybersecurity is a top priority, but that demands extra investments, something not everyone can afford.

“This year's study shows that companies are seeking to improve protection for industrial networks (opens in new tab). However, this can only be achieved if they address the risks related to the lack of qualified staff and employee errors. Taking a comprehensive, multi-layered approach - which combines technical protection with regular training of IT security specialists and industrial network operators – will ensure networks remain protected from threats and skills stay up to date”, comments Georgy Shebuldaev, Brand Manager, Kaspersky.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.