July TASK – Cyber Security Economics and Cognitive Bias

Wednesday 29-Jujy-2015 // 6:00 – 9:00 PM
BUILDING: Telus Building
25 York Street, 3rd Floor
(Room 003-031 Spirited Teamwork)

TOPIC: The Economics of Cyber Security
SPEAKER: Fernando Montenegro

When we take a step back and look at the world of Information/Computer/Network/Cyber Security with a broader lens, we find a ton of examples where we’re trying to understand how to allocate scant resources. It might be trying to determine which patches to roll-out first, how to get a user to pay attention to security training, how to navigate the purchase of a product or service. Underlying all of this is Economics. There’s a growing interest in applying an economics lens to infosec issues. This session will be an introduction to the topic, covering a brief intro to Economics in general, then a review of key areas of interest for security and economics.

By the end of the session, you should be able to understand how common security issues can be framed as or explained by economics. Having this knowledge might help you steer your security activities differently, towards more effective and efficient outcomes.

TOPIC: Cognitive Biases on Information Security
SPEAKER: Augusto Paes de Barros

This presentation covers the effect of cognitive biases on information security. A cognitive bias is deviation from thinking or acting rationally due to unconscious inferences about other people and situations. Information Security is full of situations where cognitive biases affect our judgment. This session will cover the most common cognitive biases, how they relate to information security and what can be done to avoid or reduce their impact on our actions and decisions.
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