Security-aware organisational cultures as a starting point for mitigating socio-technical risks

TitleSecurity-aware organisational cultures as a starting point for mitigating socio-technical risks
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsUebelacker S.
EditorHorbach M.
Conference NameInformatik 2013, University of Koblenz-Landau, Koblenz, Germany
Date PublishedSeptember
PublisherGesellschaft fuer Informatik e.V
Conference LocationBonn
KeywordsHuman factors, insider threat, organisational culture, security, security awareness, social engineering
Abstract

This extended abstract briefly introduces Hofstede's three leveled model of hu- man mental programming which captures the unique mental constitution of a person. These levels devide the vague ?human factor? in more approachable categories. In the following sections each category is addressed and presented seperately according to research found and regarding security-aware behaviour. By including universal human behaviour, characteristics of organisational and na- tional cultures as well as (occupational) grouping of personality traits of employees, we might be able to identify emerging social threats. Furthermore, assessing social risks could help to develop guidelines for cultural change towards a more security- aware organisational culture. As the influence of an organisation on external factors (other than their own or- ganisational culture) tends to be minimal, developing, allowing, and applying cultural changes can be a promising approach in mitigating socio-technical risks.