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Reverse Engineering the Wetware: Understanding Human Behavior to Improve Information Security - Alexandre Sieira, Matthew Hathaway BSides San Francisco 2016 (Hacking Illustrated Series InfoSec Tutorial Videos)

Reverse Engineering the Wetware: Understanding Human Behavior to Improve Information Security
Alexandre Sieira, Matthew Hathaway
BSides San Francisco 2016

The human mind evolved to draw quick conclusions for survival. Behavioral economists, like Daniel Kahneman and Dan Ariely, are publishing research on when, why and how decision making can be consistently and predictably irrational. You could say these researchers are reverse engineering the wetware, finding bugs and race conditions and disclosing them.People are key to an organization’s information security, even if you believe in the “people, processes and technology” tripod. People define and execute processes. People decide funding for, implement, operate and/or monitor the technology. Your adversaries are people. At least until we reach the AI singularity, that is.Until then, the aim of this talk is to present some of the counter-intuitive findings of behavioral economics research and their implications for how information security is handled at the organizational and market levels. Our hope is that the audience will find they could benefit from changing established, seemingly sensible and logical actions we all do to better match how the wetware actually works.

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