WFE Staff Behavior and Culture Best Practice Guidelines

Reading Time: 1 minuteA set of best practice guidelines published by the WFE designed to encourage a culture of cyber security compliance, including ideas on behavioural incentives, cultural incentives and operational support.   Read full paper    ...

Deep Thought: A Cybersecurity Story

Reading Time: 1 minuteideas42 aims to help solve difficult social problems using insights from behavioural science. In this instance, the problem in question is the human aspect of cyber security. The paper applies psychology and behavioural science principles to...

Embedding Security Behaviours: using the 5Es

Reading Time: 1 minuteThis framework is designed to help embed and sustain security behaviours in employees. The framework is condensed into 5Es (Educate, Enable, Environment, Encourage, Evaluate) and explains how to implement these using examples and tactical...

How to Launch a Behavior-Change Revolution

Reading Time: 1 minuteA team spear-headed by University of Pennsylvania researchers have launched an ambitious research project called Behavior Change for Good. The project will attempt to determine the best behavioural-change practices in three areas: health,...

Behavioural Insights in Public Health England

Reading Time: 1 minuteThe public health behavioural insights team offer a general introduction to behavioural economics, show how theories have been successfully applied to the public health sector and present a framework for designing behavioural change...

Nudging better security

Reading Time: 1 minuteThis article explains what ‘behavioural nudging’ is and offers examples of how nudging could be used to encourage desired security behaviours.   Read full paper     Authors: Max Klugerman...

Nudging Online Security Behaviour with Warning Messages

Reading Time: 1 minuteResearchers tested the effectiveness of 9 different ways of warning users about cyber security threats. Making users aware of the steps they could take to minimise risk was effective in triggering more secure behaviour. Gain-framed messages,...

Awareness is only the first step

Reading Time: 1 minuteImproving cyber security awareness is often assumed to improve cyber security, however this paper suggests it’s necessary for people to be engaged in cyber security in order to make people a robust cyber defence. The paper builds a model...

On cyber security, technology and human behaviors

Reading Time: 1 minuteAccording to this post, it’s important to take an innovative approach when it comes to cyber security as conventional means (such as posters or one-time awareness training) do not change behavior. Further, the post suggests risk-mitigating...

ABC of Behaviour Change Theories

Reading Time: 1 minute83 theories of behaviour change that could be used to design behaviour change interventions are discussed in detail.   Read full paper     Authors: Susan Michie, Robert West, Rona Campbell, Jamie Brown & Heather...

The Effect of Social Influence on Security Sensitivity

Reading Time: 1 minuteEven though there has been an increased effort to increase security sensitivity amongst the population, most individuals ignore security advice. This paper found a few social influence processes – processes that influence the behaviours of...

EAST: 4 simple ways to apply behavioural insights

After years of lectures, seminars, workshops and talks with policy makers, the UK government’s behavioural insights team have developed a simpleified framework to help encourage behavioural change. To encourage the adoption of a new behaviour, the team argue, the behaviour should be Easy, Attractive, Social and Timely, or EAST as an acronym.

Using Behavioral Economics for Postsecondary Success

Reading Time: 1 minuteMany programs that aim to help individuals in postsecondary education underperform due to the fact that humans do not behave in an expected, rational way. In this report, it’s suggested that behavioural economics can provide an insight into how...

MINDSPACE: Influencing behaviour through public policy

Reading Time: 1 minuteIn an effort to aid policy makers seeking to change behaviour, a team of researchers summarise nine non-coercive influencers of human behaviour: the messanger (who a message comes from); incentives (such as loss avoidance); norms (what other...

Switch: How to change things when change is hard

Reading Time: 1 minuteAccording to this book’s authors, we need only understand how our minds work to unlock shortcuts that can lead to long term behavour change. This book explores how our minds work and some shortcuts tha might be of use when seeking to change...