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The Fear Factor | RE: Human Layer Security | Episode 4

<img width="1920" data-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/BEN8QLxut88/maxresdefault.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="The Fear Factor | RE: Human Layer Security | Episode 4" loading="lazy">The cybersecurity industry has relied on the concept of fear, uncertainty and doubt for years. It even has its own acronym – FUD. But is fear really the way to encourage people to make smarter cybersecurity decisions? Or does scaremongering actually has an adverse effect? Tim Sadler speaks to Dr Karen Renaud, Professor and computing...



The cybersecurity industry has relied on the concept of fear, uncertainty and doubt for years. It even has its own acronym – FUD. But is fear really the way to encourage people to make smarter cybersecurity decisions? Or does scaremongering actually has an adverse effect?

Tim Sadler speaks to Dr Karen Renaud, Professor and computing scientist from Abertay University and Dr Marc, Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Bothell to find out. Specializing in the human factors of cybersecurity, these academics have researched the effectiveness of fear appeals in cybersecurity and they fully believe that the industry needs to flip the script when it comes to training people to do the right thing. They recently shared their findings in the Wall Street Journal – a brilliant article titled Why Companies Should Stop Scaring Employees About Security and, in this episode, they shed more light on the topic.

About the RE: Human Layer Security Podcast:
Let’s flip the script on cybersecurity. Tim Sadler, CEO of Tessian and Human Layer Security expert, meets with IT, security and business leaders to discuss who is really causing data breaches, how hackers hack humans, and why protecting people – not just machines and data – will stop breaches and empower your business.

Listen Now: tessian.com/human-layer-security-podcast

Tessian protects every business’s mission by securing the human layer. Using machine learning technology, Tessian automatically predicts and eliminates advanced threats on email caused by human error – like data exfiltration, accidental data loss, business email compromise and phishing attacks – with minimal disruption to employees’ workflow. As a result, employees are empowered to do their best work, without security getting in their way. Founded in 2013, Tessian is backed by renowned investors like Sequoia, Accel and Balderton and has offices in San Francisco and London.

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