Friday, February 15, 2008

nothing but net. (no. not even that.)

Our research shows that organisations will never be able to remove all latent risks in the protection and security of data held on IT systems, because our brains are wired to work on automatic pilot in everyday life.

People tend to conceptualise the world around them in a simplified way. If we considered and analysed the risks involved in every permutation of every situation, we’d never get anything done! If I make a cup of tea, I don’t stop to weigh up the probability of spilling boiling water on myself or choking on the drink.

Professor Gerard Hodgkinson, Director of the Centre for Organisational Strategy, Learning and Change (COSLAC) at the University of Leeds, as cited in Workplace autopilot threatens security risk perception

Upshot: You'll never be safe. Get used to it. (Next stop: Have you been breached?)

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