Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Sensitive Data 'Impossible' To Protect

Robert Jaques writes on iTnews.com.au:

Researchers at Leeds University Business School claimed that organisations will always run the risk of being compromised by human psychology.

The research was led by Professor Gerard Hodgkinson, director of the Centre for Organisational Strategy, Learning and Change at Leeds University.

"Our research shows that organisations will never be able to remove all latent risks in the protection and security of data held on IT systems, because our brains are wired to work on automatic pilot in everyday life," he said.

"People tend to conceptualise the world around them in a simplified way. If we considered and analysed the risks involved in every permutation of every situation we would never get anything done.

"If I make a cup of tea, I do not stop to weigh up the probability of spilling boiling water on myself or choking on the drink."

More here.


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