27 minutes | Nov 19th 2017

Episode 27 - Dr. Helen Ofosu on Using Psychology to Tackle Insider Threat

Guest Dr. Helen Ofosu Career Coach | #HR Consultant | Builder of #Resilient Careers using #IOpsych | Speaker | Founder, I/O Advisory Services. VP, @ZontaCanada.


Welcome back! This is episode 27 of The Insider Threat podcast, for the week of November 20th, 2017.

One quick announcement here, I’m thinking about making t-shirts available to you listeners that I might be able to give out as prizes or at security conferences. There’s just one problem - I am terrible at design. So with that, I’d like to have a t-shirt design contest and whoever creates the winning design will get the very first one for free. You can contact me for more details by using any of the methods I mention at the end of the episode.

Infosec Question of the Week

It’s time for your Infosec Question of the Week, where Google is king and the prize is nonexistent!

The question last week was “In 1984, David Ruderman and Eric Corley launched a periodical named after a specific tone that could get early phone phreakers into operator mode on telephone systems. What is the name of this periodical?”

The answer was “2600”.

Congratulations to Kyle from Ontario, Caleb from Seattle, Georgia from Texas, and Vicky from Feather Sound for getting the correct answer.

Here’s your question for this week: “In the early 1980s, William Gibson coined the term ‘cyberspace’ when he wrote this.”

Send your response to InfosecAnswer@gmail.com. Be sure to include your first name, location, and the hashtag “Armitage”.

Discussion Topic for the Week

This week’s discussion topic is using psychology to decrease insider threat risk

- Dr. Helen Ofosu joins us for a fantastic interview, where we talk about some of the ways she has been able to use physiological principles to help organizations improve their security culture and identify people or environments that could serve as a catalyst for malicious behavior.

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Sources of insider threats: they’re not always what you think (my blog, Nov. 18, 2017)

Brave new world, old-school problems - Corporate Security Hinges on its People (magazine article Oct. 2017)

Is Cyber Security Ever Enough (magazine article 2016)

Thought of the Week Segment

Our thought of the week comes from Tony Morgan. He said, “You get to decide where your time goes. You can either spend it moving forward, or you can spend it putting out fires. You decide. And if you don’t decide, others will decide for you.”


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