Employee’s Security Vulnerabilities and the

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Employee’s Security Vulnerabilities and the Affects on Organization’s Information Technology University Maryland University College Employee’s Security Vulnerabilities and the Affects on Organization’s Information Technology Cyber security vulnerabilities and threats are real and constant. Information technology breakthroughs have given our adversaries cheaper and often effective cyber weapons to harm U.S. computer networks and systems (Gen Alexander, 2011). Unfortunately, our adversaries are not our greatest vulnerability to cyber security or cyber space. Cyber security is a branch of computer technology known as information security as applied to computers and networks. The objective of computer security includes protection of information and property from theft, corruption, or natural disaster, while allowing the information and property to remain accessible and productive to its intended users. Cyber space is a domain characterized by the use of electronics and the electromagnetic spectrum to store, modify, and exchange data via networked systems and associated physical infrastructures. (Ruquet, 2011). The government has been coordinating with private organizations and the public sector to protect information technology. They have been working to detect, prevent, and mitigate cyber threats and vulnerabilities. There are multiple vulnerabilities which adversely affect information technology but this paper will focus on the human factor. Information security is vital and employees are the key to protecting an organization’s information. Most organizations appreciate their employees and consider them a valuable asset. Employees can be responsible for the success and/or failure of an organization. Employees can fall victim to several vulnerabilities to include training, negligence, unhappiness, complacency, and fear. Even with the

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