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We may not be using more of our brains but we can probably use more of our data. Did you know that organizations typically use only 1 percent of the data they collect? Why then are we so focused on big data if we are not using the data we have.  Let's explore how to make better use of your existing data to find out if organizations need more motivation, utility, expertise, tools, or just better data retention policies. The problem of motivation Motivation is the driving force behind activity…

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For cybersecurity teams to achieve their goal of securing information and systems, they must motivate their staff.  Motivation is what causes people to behave in a certain way.  To be an effective motivator, you must understand the various theories and strategies for motivation.  Creating a positive environment in the workplace is also key in motivating employees. Many theories have been developed to help explain how people are motivated.  These theories are not applicable to any environment, but they do give us a better knowledge of how people are motivated.  Years…

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The problem of motivating employees to do the right thing in security is an increasingly hard one.  Many companies have developed cultures that worked well prior to the digital age,  but are no longer applicable, and often detrimental to information security. We live in a money-motivated world, but not all motivation happens due to money.  Fairness, decisiveness, giving praise, and constructive criticism can be more effective than money in the matter of motivation.  However, they cannot be relied upon for all motivation.  There needs to be a well-balanced system of rewards.…

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Information security seems like more of a human problem than a technological one.  Certainly, we spend a lot of time thinking up new technological solutions to security problems while continuing to fail at the simple things like creating secure passwords. We humans control the technology and create the data.  Therefore, I think it is important to understand how to motivate others to work with data and technology securely.  There are a lot of theories and strategies for motivation and many who have covered the topic in more detail and with…

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