Cyberchology. The human side of cyber-security
Cybersecurity is one of the key problems that organizations face. The human factor was already seen as the weak link in information security, and the mass implementation of remote working as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the situation. The individual employee, working at home, now has responsibility for their own technology use and cybersecurity needs. Not only does a fractured security system leave companies vulnerable, but employees’ confidence in handling cybersecurity is also a serious risk. If businesses are to thrive rather than just survive, a holistic cybersecurity strategy that takes into account the personality of the individual employee is essential. This presentation draws on research to show the prevalence of good and less good security attitudes behaviours and how these relate to individual personality. These have been used to develop personalised cybersecurity guidelines for each personality type, and these will be made available to the audience. The research used the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) framework. This is already widely used for self-development by organizations and individuals and therefore provides a useful starting point for personality-based guidelines for the many people who already know their MBTI personality type, and a structure to allow HR and Tech teams to work together to build resilient IT systems, strategies, and teams, for a resilient business.