Category Archives: Human Elements

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…

Security Risks during Recovery and Repair

– With “all hands-on deck” battling the coronavirus pandemic, it is difficult to turn one’s attention to recovery and reconstruction of the many organizations that have had to be reduced or closed down Yet now is the time to be planning and preparing for recovery and rebuilding, as some…

Cybercriminals’ Motivations during Catastrophic Times

– Brittany Haynes wrote an article about “How Criminals Are Benefitting From the COVID-19 Crisis” on March 19, 2020, which is available at…

Strong Authentication is Good, Unless …

– … it results in your being arrested! In her September 28, 2019 article, “Army communication head at Mar-a-Lago sentenced for lying,” Jane Musgrave describes how an army officer in charge of communications at Mar-a-Lago had lied about posting a photograph of a young girl on a Russian…