Security-aware organisational cultures as a starting point in mitigating socio-technical risks
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ISSN der Zeitschrift
INFORMATIK 2013 – Informatik angepasst an Mensch, Organisation und Umwelt
Regular Research Papers
Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.
This extended abstract briefly introduces Hofstede's three leveled model of human 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 national 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 securityaware organisational culture. As the influence of an organisation on external factors (other than their own organisational culture) tends to be minimal, developing, allowing, and applying cultural changes can be a promising approach in mitigating socio-technical risks.