Beyond simple human threats to cybersecurity: The need for strong proactive measures and resilient responses to cyber risk

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Abstract

This paper sets out an argument that cyber-security needs to be thought of as an inherently socio-technical challenge where people are the source both of the strongest threat and counter-measure. I draw on experience researching cyber- and information warfare and consulting on board and operational tests of responses to such attacks. I am also fortunate in being part of an energetic and unconventional cluster of theorists (the CORTEX group) looking at cyber and related risks from the viewpoint of being both practitioners and academics. Our belief is that many thinking about and working in cybersecurity suffer as a result of minimising the consideration of the human factor. Organisations which embrace a broader view of what cybersecurity is could enjoy a competitive advantage in terms of situational awareness, risk mitigation and crisis response denied to those who cleave to a technologically-weighted definition. This chapter sets out some ideas to stimulate debate – how can organisations evolve efficient and effective counter-measures to the human dimension of cyber-security?
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-5
Number of pages5
VolumeSpring
No.2015
Specialist publicationCyber Security Review
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015

Keywords

  • Cyber-security
  • socio-technical security
  • human threats
  • resilient
  • resilience
  • human security

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