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New Laptops Protect Themselves - From Us

Mike Feibus

With just-announced business PCs built around Skylake, Intel’s sixth-generation Core processor, PC makers believe they can help IT professionals overcome the most glaring weakness in their cyber-security defenses: you and me.

That's right: we the weakest link. We have a bad habit of handing over our passwords to cyber criminals. Not intentionally. But every time we click on a link in an email or open an attachment, we give bad guys an opportunity to install stealthy malware that nabs our employee logon credentials and rides them into corporate servers.

It’s a huge problem. Last year, organizations spent $75 billion on cyber security – and a big chunk of that was dedicated to thwarting cyber thieves’ attempts to pinch our digital identities. But bandits are crafty. They’re always coming up with new ways to convince us that their ploys are genuine.

And they’re impressively successful. According to Verizon’s 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report, 50.7 percent of cyber-attacks through web apps used stolen user credentials to gain access.

So what to do? Read my entire column on LinkedIn to find out!