Towards the Human Information Security Firewall

Towards the Human Information Security Firewall

Rossouw von Solms, Matthew Warren
Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 8
DOI: 10.4018/ijcwt.2011040102
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Human security is often forgotten as a major information security factor. This paper explores the security issues that relate to human security and in particular the relationship to risk. The paper also uses case studies of real life security incidents to show the problems and issues that relate to a younger workforce and their lack of security awareness due to their own background and the use of social systems, such as Facebook. The paper also proposes a risk framework that can be used to understand human security issues.
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Information Security Awareness Today

Information Security Awareness is a well established term today. If most employees are educated and made aware of security threats and vulnerabilities, it is like expanding the information security department into the whole company (Hight, 2005). Although the term Information Security Awareness is used in many different forms, for the purposes of this paper, it is seen as including all aspects related to security awareness, training and education. Information Security Awareness has become a key component of sound industry good practice for information security (ENISA, 2007) and most organisations today do have some form of awareness (PriceWaterhouseCoopers, 2008). It is defined by the Information Security Forum as; “an ongoing process of learning that is meaningful to recipients, and delivers measurable benefits to the organisation from lasting behavioral change.” (ENISA, 2007). Two important factors that can be highlighted from this definition are; firstly, it must be ongoing and secondly, it must lead to behavioral change.

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