A case for societal digital security culture

L. Ben Othmane, H.T.G. Weffers, R. Ranchal, P. Angin, B. Bhargava, M.M. Mohamad

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Information and communication technology systems, such as remote health care monitoring and smart mobility applications, have become indispensable parts of our lives. Security vulnerabilities in these systems could cause financial losses, privacy/safety compromises, and operational interruptions. This paper demonstrates through examples, that technical security solutions for these information systems, alone, are not sufficient to protect individuals and their assets from attacks. It proposes to complement (usable) technical solutions with Societal Digital Security Culture (SDSC): collective knowledge, common practices, and intuitive common behavior about digital security that the members of a society share. The paper also suggests a set of approaches for improving SDSC in a society and demonstrates using a case study how the suggested approaches could be integrated to compose a plan for improving SDSC.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecurity and privacy protection in information processing systems : 28th IFIP TC 11 International Conference, SEC 2013, Auckland, New Zealand, July 8-10, 2013
EditorsL.J. Janczewski, H.B. Wolfe, S. Shenoi
Place of PublicationBerlin
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-39217-7
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
ISSN (Print)1868-4238


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