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Negative reinforcement: How NOT to improve user behavior

24 Sep 2013

One of the interesting aspects of security awareness training is the intersection of information security with human resources. We know from experience that security practitioners are not always experts in the latter, but what we recently saw from Dave Clemente was a real doozy.

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The BYOD dilemma

18 Sep 2013

There is a myth amongst businesses that if you welcomingly accept BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) into the workplace, it will increase productivity.

To some extent, this is true. On the other hand, however, there is the issue that if you don’t have an IT infrastructure that can handle a large number of different devices accessing the network, day to day operations can’t be properly carried out.

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Keep It Focused

16 Sep 2013

In their book, “Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard” authors Chip and Dan Heath examine how influencing humans to change requires appealing to two parts of the brain: the rational and the emotional. Since the emotional part of our brain often gets frustrated when asked to make huge changes, Chip and Dan recommend that we “shrink the change” to change behavior in the face of resistance.

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Syrian Electronic Army continues to carry out successful data-entry phishing attacks

21 Aug 2013

When the Syrian Electronic Army nailed a number of prominent media outlets earlier this year, we were pleased to see a number of open and honest responses from those that were breached, notably from The Onion and The Financial Times.

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The NSA’s decision to cut back on sys admins

21 Aug 2013

A couple of weeks ago, the NSA Director, General Alexander was quoted in a Reuters article saying that in order to limit data access and potential leakage, they will cut back on 90% of NSA system admin staff.

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