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Cognitive Bias Can Hamper Security Decisions

A new report sheds light on how human cognitive biases affect cybersecurity decisions and business outcomes.
 

It's a scenario commonly seen in today's businesses: executives read headlines of major breaches by foreign adversaries out to pilfer customers' social security numbers and passwords. They worry about the same happening to them and strategize accordingly – but in the text, they learn the breach was in a different industry, of a different size, after different data.

This incident, irrelevant to the business, distracted leaders from threats that matter to them.

It's an example of availability bias, one of many cognitive biases influencing how security and business teams make choices that keep an organization running. Availability bias describes how the frequency with which people receive information affects decisions. As nation-state attacks make more headlines, they become a greater priority among people who read about them.

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https://www.darkreading.com/threat-intelligence/cognitive-bias-can-hamper-security-decisions/d/d-id/1334925