Introducing the Cybersurvival Task: Assessing and Addressing Staff Beliefs about Effective Cyber Protection

Nicholson, James, Coventry, Lynne and Briggs, Pamela (2018) Introducing the Cybersurvival Task: Assessing and Addressing Staff Beliefs about Effective Cyber Protection. In: Proceedings of the Fourteenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) 2018: Baltimore, MD, USA August 12–14, 2018. USENIX Association, Berkeley, pp. 443-457. ISBN 9781931971454

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Abstract

Despite increased awareness of cybersecurity incidents and consequences, organisations still struggle to convince employees to comply with information security policies and engage in effective cyber prevention. Here we introduce and evaluateThe Cybersurvival Task, a ranking task that highlights cybersecurity misconceptions amongst employees and that serves as a reflective exercise for security experts. We describe an initial deployment and refinement of the task in one organisation and a second deployment and evaluation in another. We show how the Cybersurvival Task could be used to detect ‘shadow security’ cultures within an organisation and illustrate how a group discussion about the importance of different cyber behaviours led to the weakening of staff’s cybersecurity positions (i.e. more disagreement with experts). We also discuss its use as a tool to inform organisational policy-making and the design of campaigns and training events, ensuring that they are better tailored to specific staff groups and designed to target problematic behaviours.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: C800 Psychology
G400 Computer Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: James Nicholson
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2018 14:00
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 08:31
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/34526

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