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1 Feb 2019

NBlog Feb 1st - awareness module on mistakes

Security awareness and training programs are primarily concerned with incidents involving deliberate or intentional threats such as hackers and malware. In February, we take a look at mistakes, errors, accidents and other situations that inadvertently cause problems with the integrity of information, such as:
  • Typos;
  • Using inaccurate data, often without realizing it;
  • Having to make decisions based on incomplete and/or out-of-date information;
  • Mistakes when designing, developing, using and administering IT systems, including those that create or expose vulnerabilities to further incidents (such as hacks and malware);
  • Misunderstandings, untrustworthiness, unreliability etc. harming the organization’s reputation and its business relationships.
Mistakes are far more numerous than hacks and malware infections but thankfully most are trivial or inconsequential, and many are spotted and corrected before any damage is done. However, serious incidents involving inaccurate or incomplete information do occur occasionally, reminding us (after the fact!) to be more careful about what we are doing. 
The NoticeBored awareness and training materials take a more proactive angle, encouraging workers to take more care with information especially when handling (providing, communicating, processing or using) particularly important business- or safety-critical information – when the information risks are greater.

Learning objectives

  • Introduces the topic, describing the context and relevance of 'mistakes' to information risk and security;
  • Expands on the associated information risks and typical information security controls to cut down on mistakes involving information;
  • Offers straightforward information and pragmatic advice, motivating people to think - and most of all act – so as to reduce the number and severity of mistakes involving information;
  • Fosters a corporate culture of error-intolerance through greater awareness, accountability and a focus on information quality and integrity.
NoticeBored subscribers are encouraged to customize the content supplied, adapting both the look-and-feel (the logo, style, formatting etc.) to suit their awareness program’s branding, and the content to fit their information risk, security and business situations. Subscribers are free to incorporate additional content from other sources, or to cut-and-paste selections from the NoticeBored materials into staff newsletters, internal company magazines, management reports etc. making the best possible use of the awareness content supplied.

So what about your learning objectives in relation to mistakes, errors etc. Does your organization have persistent problems in this area? Is this an issue that deserves greater attention from staff and management, perhaps in one or more departments, sites/business units or teams? Have mistakes with information ever led to significant incidents? What have you actually done to address the risk?

HINT: Don't be surprised if the same methods lead to the same results. "The successful man will profit from his mistakes ... and try again in a different way" [Dale Carnegie]NoticeBored is different

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