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Building a Cybersecurity Culture in Organizations

How to Bridge the Gap Between People and Digital Technology

Book

Part of the Studies in Systems, Decision and Control book series (SSDC, volume 284)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Isabella Corradini
    Pages 1-22
  3. Isabella Corradini
    Pages 23-47
  4. Isabella Corradini
    Pages 49-62
  5. Isabella Corradini
    Pages 63-86
  6. Isabella Corradini
    Pages 87-99
  7. Isabella Corradini
    Pages 101-113
  8. Isabella Corradini
    Pages 115-133
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 135-136

About this book

Introduction

This book offers a practice-oriented guide to developing an effective cybersecurity culture in organizations. It provides a psychosocial perspective on common cyberthreats affecting organizations, and presents practical solutions for leveraging employees’ attitudes and behaviours in order to improve security.

Cybersecurity, as well as the solutions used to achieve it, has largely been associated with technologies. In contrast, this book argues that cybersecurity begins with improving the connections between people and digital technologies. By presenting a comprehensive analysis of the current cybersecurity landscape, the author discusses, based on literature and her personal experience, human weaknesses in relation to security and the advantages of pursuing a holistic approach to cybersecurity, and suggests how to develop cybersecurity culture in practice. 

Organizations can improve their cyber resilience by adequately training their staff. Accordingly, the book also describes a set of training methods and tools. Further, ongoing education programmes and effective communication within organizations are considered, showing that they can become key drivers for successful cybersecurity awareness initiatives. When properly trained and actively involved, human beings can become the true first line of defence for every organization. 

Keywords

Psychological factors in cybersecurity Protecting data and personal information Human factors in cybersecurity Protecting corporate reputation Role of crisis communicationin cybersecurity Cybersecurity awareness programmes Communication tools for awareness training Cybersecurity training Training methods for cybersecurity programmes Effectiveness of cybersecurity training programmes Effective cybersecurity culture Personality traits and security behavior Cyber-risk perception Security risks perception Individual attitudes towards security Employees cyber-risks perception Social engineering attacks Involving top management in security training Information Security Culture

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Themis Research CenterRomeItaly

About the authors

Isabella Corradini is a social psychologist and criminologist. She is the director of Themis Research Center, an interdisciplinary research organization for the psychological and social sciences, with a special focus on human factors in safety and security. She is also co-founder of the Link&Think Research Lab, which provides information, education and socio-technical analyses of information technologies. Isabella is a recognized expert in the field of human factors in safety and security, and in the area of communication. She served as a Professor of Social Psychology at various Italian universities for ten years. She is currently a lecturer in master’s and industrial training programmes, and a consultant for national and international organizations on awareness initiatives aimed at developing safety and security cultures. A member of several technical and scientific committees, Isabella is also the author of numerous articles, chapters and books on the above-mentioned topics, and the editor of a book series on the topic of reputation for a major Italian publisher.

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