Category Archives: Human Elements

Cybersecurity Lessons from the Pandemic: Why Not

– You might notice there’s no question mark at the end of the title. That is intentional. In a May 18, 2021 Opinion article in The New York Times by Dr. Sema K. Sgaier, with the title: “Meet Four Kinds of People Holding Us Back from Full Vaccination,” which is available at Opinion | Meet the…

Cybercrime’s Dark Triad

– There is a very interesting article (at least for me) by Michele Maasberg, Craig Van Slyke, Selwyn Ellis and Nicole Beebe in the December 2020 edition of the Communications of the ACM with the title “The Dark Triad and Insider Threats in Cyber Security.” The article traces “the relationship…

Cybersecurity Lessons from the Election: Human Behavior

– There have been a number of recent articles in the popular press suggesting that behavioral science can serve to explain people’s responses to COVID-19 and indicate how individuals might be persuaded to act in line with the common good. This concept is examined in two recent articles, one…

Cybersecurity Lessons from the Pandemic – Positive and Negative Feedback

– Systems use negative feedback in order to converge to stability and equilibrium (a positive quest). Positive-feedback systems diverge, which leads to instability and sometimes surging out of control (usually a negative outcome). Negative feedback inhibits and positive feedback amplifies. Each has…

Value and Uncertainty in Pandemic Metrics

– New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s daily briefings have become a mainstay of support for many during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially with New York being the initial epicenter of the disease in the U.S. It is clear that Cuomo’s polished slide presentations have been developed by consultants…