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The Cloud Security Ecosystem by Raymond Choo, Ryan Ko

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Chapter 13

Psychology and security

Utilizing psychological and communication theories to promote safer cloud security behaviors

Gráinne Kirwan    Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin, Ireland

Abstract

While technological devices and programs form the bulk of the defence mechanisms against malicious attacks and infiltrations, the human element in cloud security must also be factored into any protection strategy. The use of weak passwords and other aspects of poor security hygiene can dramatically reduce the efficacy of technological protective measures. While users may be aware of the best methods of ensuring increased security, they are not always inclined to follow these directions, particularly where they perceive the methods ...

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