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SebDB maps 70 specific security behaviors linked to security risk to help professionals change behavior and reduce risk

October 25, 2022 06:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time– CybSafe, the behavioral risk platform helping organizations change behavior to reduce security risk, has launched the next iteration of SebDB, the world’s most comprehensive security behaviors database.

SebDB is the result of collaboration between academics, government, and industry experts. It maps over 70 specific security behaviors linked to security risks. This helps security professionals prioritize the targeting of specific security behaviors to reduce risk.

It enables organizations to take a vital next step in protecting their organization that many miss. While many organizations train their people with Cybersecurity Awareness and Training, it is often not measured in any meaningful way. The links between security behaviors and risks are not always clear. It’s hard to know which interventions to apply. It’s harder still to explain how interventions reduce risk.

Dr. Jason Nurse, CybSafe’s Director of Science and Research, said: “Most security professionals set broad goals like “reduce account compromise”. But they don’t identify the security behaviors linked to the risks. If you aren’t identifying individual security behaviors, it is extremely difficult to measurably reduce human risk in your organization. This is not a straightforward activity. That’s what SebDB aims to support.”

SebDB is built by the community for the community. It is a research effort and a practical tool that helps security professionals with the complexity and risk they face now and into the future. It helps organizations change behavior linked to security risks. 

In a world where access to technology is no longer optional, people behave differently with technology, providing more opportunities for cyber criminals. By focusing on security behavior rather than generic and ineffective Security Awareness and Training, organizations will better protect themselves.

Oz Alashe, CEO of CybSafe said: “Cyber security challenges need to be solved collectively. This is the goal of SebDB. Run by the community, it helps identify links between security behaviors and risks that are not always clear. Knowing how behaviors affect risk changes things significantly, for the better, allowing decisions and interventions to be made on evidence, not guesswork.”

In a recent blog written by Forrester analyst Jinan Budge, she states: “SebDB, a crowdsourced database by CybSafe, for example, contains a comprehensive list of over 70 digital behaviors to pay attention to; it goes a step further and also ties them to the risk that they pose.

“Digital behaviors include using a VPN, tethering a laptop, locking devices, changing passwords, and using password managers. While many training programs try to train people on these behaviors, hardly any of them measure whether these behaviors pose a risk to organizations, or, if they do, whether the training actually changes these behaviors. A recent NIST study supports this, with 44% of survey participants rating ‘what to measure and how to measure program effectiveness’ as ‘very’ or ‘moderately’ challenging.”




CybSafe is cloud-based software that reduces organisational risk by improving people’s security decisions and behaviours.

It educates, nudges and provides real-time, tailored cyber assistance for users so that they can be secure in their daily digital lives.

It’s the only human risk software solution that helps security professionals target specific security behaviours. It also provides security behaviour, culture and risk reporting metrics that allow you to pre-empt security problems.

CybSafe is underpinned by a data-led model of human behaviour and leverages SebDB, the world’s most comprehensive security behaviour database. It’s designed for a modern workforce and a hybrid working environment.


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