Phoughts on Phishing

Phoughts on Phishing

Have you ever wondered whether your reduced phishing susceptibility rate is really telling the full story? Or wondered why it may be low one week but spike the next? Read on to hear our thoughts on why, if not applied correctly, susceptibility rates are a lazy metric and why many Awareness and Education teams (and Boards) find themselves questioning whether they really add the value they had hoped….. Phishing susceptibility often (understandably) attracts much attention however, it can be a misleading comfort metric on its own. Phishing susceptibility A reduction in susceptibility,...
Is this why smart people fail to take cyber security seriously?

Is this why smart people fail to take cyber security seriously?

Overcoming the problems associated with domain dependence Let’s talk domains. Not web domains, but domains in life. Areas, specialisms, disciplines – call them what you want. As humans, we tend to base our worldviews on our experiences in various domains. It’s a useful skill that, for the most part, helps us navigate through life effortlessly. But it does mean that, whenever we’re unfamiliar with a given domain, it can be difficult to recognise risk. This phenomenon is called ‘domain dependence’ and it sometimes prompts us to adopt very different approaches to what is essentially the same...
Traditional cyber awareness programmes are failing to keep people safe online

Traditional cyber awareness programmes are failing to keep people safe online

Here’s how to markedly increase their effectiveness At some point in recent history, firefighters were tackling a domestic kitchen fire in Cleveland. After locating the fire, the firefighters doused the modest flames with water. But, for some reason, the small fire refused to relent. So the team blasted the fire a second time. Again, nothing happened. The firefighters were puzzled. Suddenly, the team’s lieutenant sensed something was wrong. Without thinking, he screamed at his team to exit the building. Sensing his panic, the team quickly obliged. Moments later, the building’s floor...
How our desire for consistency could prevent more cyber attacks

How our desire for consistency could prevent more cyber attacks

The human preference for consistency could boost security – but in practice it often does the exact opposite Why does folklore suggest we spend 3 months’ salary on an engagement ring? Why, when we get married, do we vow to stay together for life, no matter what happens? And why do people choose to stay with a partner following infidelity? The single word “love” might be an adequate answer to each. And it’d be churlish to suggest that didn’t come into it. But another factor might help explain all three. And it’s a factor that could help prevent more cyber attacks. That factor is the human...
Insights from 22 cyber security experts – part 2

Insights from 22 cyber security experts – part 2

PeepSec, the world’s first free, online summit on the people, culture and social aspects of cyber security, took place during London Tech Week between Monday the 11th and Friday 15th of June. 22 expert speakers offered actionable and practical advice on the most pressing issues facing the security industry today. You can still get immediate access to all 22 PeepSec talks by simply registering for free here. For those who couldn’t make it, in Part 1 of this blog series, we gave you a summary of the excellent talks that took place in the first three days. (You can read all about that here)....
Insights from 22 cyber security experts – part 1

Insights from 22 cyber security experts – part 1

PeepSec, the world’s first free, online summit on the people, culture and social aspects of cyber security, took place between Monday the 11th and Friday 15th of June. 22 expert speakers offered actionable and practical advice on the most pressing issues facing the security industry today. Hundreds of cyber security professionals and enthusiasts joined us, but for those who couldn’t make it, here’s what you missed on the first three days. (By the way, you can now get immediate access to all 22 PeepSec talks by simply registering for free here.) Day One Ben Brabyn, head of the world’s most...