There are never enough hours in the day for your typical business executive. The stresses of running a modern business can stretch even the most productive, and early-rising, individuals to the limit. A Harvard Business Review report from last year, for example, claimed that CEOs work on average 62.5 hours per week — over 50% more than a regular full-time employee. Unfortunately, this may have serious repercussions for cybersecurity.
The latest Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) claims that senior execs are many times more likely to be the target of a breach or serious security incident that in years past. Why? Because they have a crucial combination of not enough time to vet social engineers, alongside privileged network access and organisation-wide authority.
To mitigate the risk from rising attacks on the C-suite, organisations will need to refocus training efforts and tighten technical controls.
Phil Muncaster is a technology writer and editor with over 12 years’ experience working on some of the biggest technology titles around, including Computing, The Register, V3 and MIT Technology Review. He spent over two years in Hong Kong immersed in the Asian tech scene and is now back in London where information security has become a major focus for his work.