Cybersecurity and the X-Factor
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assignment Level : Introductive
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What is the X-Factor? In Cybersecurity, the X-Factor related to unknown and unpredictable human behavior within and outside of your organization. “No one really knows why humans do what they do”, (David K. Reynolds), and because of this organizations can be unprepared for malicious, untrained, or even best intentioned behavior that can cause alarm and sometimes irreparable harm. This course will introduce you to the types of training available to reduce the impact of the X-Factor, evaluate its effectiveness, explore the Security Education, Training and Awareness (SETA) program, and learn why it may fail. The course will conclude with information designed to assist you with some critical components for your business security program. Activities focused on hactivism, cyberinsurance, and ransomware will round out your knowledge base. Your team of instructors has prepared a series of readings, discussions, guest lectures, and quizzes to engage you in this exciting topic.

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Syllabus

  • Week 1 - Introduction to the X-Factor
    The X-factor within information security is human behavior within and outside your organization. Our introduction includes an overview of information security management and its goals as well as describing the problem created by non-malicious insider behavior....
  • Week 2 - Security Education: Training & Awareness
    Within this topic we will discuss traditional training efforts. Security education, training and awareness (SETA) programs are designed to reduce the incidence of accidental security breaches. Through the readings you will learn about the design and delivery o...
  • Week 3 - Reasons Why Traditional Training Efforts Fail
    In this module you will understand why traditional training efforts through SETA programs may fail. You will learn about human behavior and how understanding it can help managers better leverage their security efforts. Finally, through the readings you will al...
  • Week 4 - Threat Intelligence
    We will conclude by identifying some novel problems and practices that organizations are experiencing. You will learn about hactivism, cyberinsurance, and ransomware through popular press readings about recent security problems that landed companies on the fro...
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Instructors

Mr. Andy Green
Lecturer of Information Security and Assurance
Kennesaw State University - Department of Information Systems

Michael Whitman, Ph.D., CISM, CISSP
Professor of Information Security
Information Systems

Dr. Traci Carte
Associate Professor Chair, Information Systems
Information Systems

Dr. Humayun Zafar
Associate Professor of Information Security and Assurance
Information Systems

Herbert J. Mattord, Ph.D., CISM, CISSP, CDP
Associate Professor in Information Security and Assurance
Information Systems

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