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The Psychology of Information Security Culture - At The European #SecAwareSummit

photo_LeronEditor's Note: Leron Zinatullin is author of The Psychology of Information Security. He is one of the speakers for the upcoming European Security Awareness Summit in London 11 Nov. Below he discusses his talk on positive ways to get your employees on board with information security.

In order to reduce security risks within an enterprise, security professionals have traditionally attempted to guide employees towards compliance through security training. However, recurring problems and employee behaviour in this arena indicate that these measures are insufficient and rather ineffective. Security training tends to focus on specific working practices and defined threat scenarios, leaving the understanding of security culture and its specific principles of behaviour untouched. A security culture should be regarded as a fundamental matter to address. If neglected, employees will not develop habitually secure behaviour or take the initiative to make better decisions when problems arise. In my talk I will focus on how you can improve security culture in your organisation. I'll discuss:

  • What a security culture is
  • How you can identify the root causes of a poor security culture within the workplace
  • Align a security programme with wider organisational objectives
  • Manage and communicate these changes within an organisation

The goal is not to teach tricks, but to create a new culture which is accepted and understood by everyone. Come join us at the Security Awareness Summit on 11 Nov for an amazing opportunity to learn from and share with each other. Activities include show-n-tell, 306 Lightening Talks, video wars, group case studies and numerous networking activities. Learn more and register now for the Summit.

Bio: Leron Zinatullin is an experienced risk consultant, specialising in cyber security strategy, management and delivery. He has led large scale, global, high value security transformation projects with a view to improving cost performance and supporting business strategy. He has extensive knowledge and practical experience in solving information security, privacy and architectural issues across multiple industry sectors.