The UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has urged businesses and security leaders to make accessibility a cybersecurity priority to help make systems more secure and human errors/workarounds less likely. It can also aid in meeting legal requirements, delivering better operational outcomes, and attracting and retaining more diverse talent, according to the NCSC.
However, there are various examples of cybersecurity being presented in a way that is inaccessible for a lot of people, particularly for those with disabilities, the NCSC wrote in a new post on its website. This has negative effects on both businesses and employees, including making systems less secure, hindering security awareness, and limiting access to diverse skills.
It is therefore key for businesses and security leaders to recognise and respond to the need to consider accessibility as a security requirement that can help organisations get on top of their human cyber risk while cultivating a more inclusive culture and allowing themselves to make the most of a more diverse talent pool.