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Security: The Human Factor by Paul Kearney

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CHAPTER 6: HARNESSING HUMAN QUALITIES TO IMPROVE SECURITY

As promised, I will now turn to look at what can be done to utilise human qualities, to improve enterprise security. Later, we will consider human factors in relation to processes and technology.

Awareness and training are fundamental. People can only help in preventing security breaches, if they are aware of the dangers, and are taught secure behaviours as part of their normal work training. An enterprise must promote a culture in which employees share the responsibility of defending the company against attack – one in which everyone knows how to behave responsibly, is alert to potential problems and understands what best to do when confronted by a potential security incident.

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