Why are we our own worst enemies?

When it comes to cybersecurity?

by Laura Baker, CyberWyoming

A new study called the Role of Psychology in Enhancing Cybersecurity by Brenda K Wiederhold best explains why we are our own worst enemies when it comes to cybersecurity.

Individuals are at a psychological disadvantage when faced with cybercrime. They are often not presented with sufficient information to make optimal decisions in privacy-sensitive situations

Brenda K Wiederhold

We have definitely seen this in Wyoming.  Business leaders don’t know what they don’t know.  They don’t have time to learn because they are busy people.  Yet, they do understand the risks.

Most small business owners have the following gut feelings.

  • It won’t happen to me.
  • No one would want my data.
  • I have more immediate needs on which to spend my time or money.
  • The personal data is already ‘out there’ so I have no real urgent feeling to protect it.
  • I am really uncomfortable with technology, thus avoiding it is just fine with me.
  • I don’t really understand what technology professionals are saying, so I don’t trust them.

These are psychological distortions. We know the risk but we find ways to ignore it. They distort the reality we know is true. Cyber attacks happen to small businesses in rural areas all the time.

On a positive note, Wiederhold suggests, “Using their understanding of human behavior in cyberspace, psychologists can introduce cultural and behavioral shifts toward higher security on both the individual and the collective levels.”

So how do you get yourself over the hump to dig into the subject of cybersecurity? 

It is easier when you have help and also get recognized for your efforts. Get one-on-one support. Join webinars that provide good takeaways for your business, things you can enact right away. At CyberWyoming, we fight the hacker’s psychological assaults with our own psychology, culture building, and organizational behavior.  It isn’t technical, it is real business help.

And a lot of past participants thought it was fun too!

Join Wyoming’s Cybersecurity Competition for Small Businesses and learn how to combat cybersecurity with your organization’s culture and know-how.  Register now. The competition starts Feb 1.  info@cyberwyoming.org or download the registration page at www.cyberwyoming.org/competition

FREE to Wyoming small businesses because of our members and sponsors!

For more on cyberpsychology, watch CyberWyoming’s blog site.  We have more to discuss in the coming days!


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