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Human Error – Cybersecurity and the Network

According to IBM’s 2014 Cyber Security Intelligence Index, 95 percent of all security incidents involve human error. Human error includes mistakes like misconfiguring a router, incorrectly opening a firewall port, or failure to encrypt and inspect management traffic. The larger the infrastructure, the greater the risk for human error.

The study also points out that the average cost of a data breach is 3.8 million dollars.

Reducing the chance of human error by simplifying processes is a no-brainer business and change management move.  The reason you monitor your entire network is not simply because every single firewall entry represents a potential human error, but also because compounded human error is incredibly expensive. These expenses apply to both personnel costs and extended project timelines.  Every time you add a device, look closely at this process and ask yourself these crucial questions:

  • How many people are involved?
  • How much time does it take? (Think about everyone involved.)
  • What is the approval process?
  • What are the risks of a misconfigured firewall rule?  (Even with the best change management procedures, there will still be risks.)
  • Finally, ask yourself if there is a more efficient and cost effective way?

The ideal solution for the operations and security group would be:

  • Reduce the attack surface
  • Have a single TLS connection versus hundreds of open ports
  • Require NO change control request for new devices, applications, or protocols
  • Remove 100% of core network security details
  • Encrypt legacy protocols
  • Allow deployment of new devices without firewall rule change
  • Inspect and validate network traffic before it is passed to the core

Today, large enterprises are complicated and human mistakes happen. Do everything you can to ensure your network is secure. The ZoneRanger is the only solution that gives you more security with less complexity.


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