Security Awareness Programs

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Yu Andy Wu
Carl S. Guynes
John Windsor


Security Awareness, Organizational Learning, Awareness Training, IT security


A critical component of security design is security awareness programs. Implemented effectively, security awareness programs enable organizational members to understand the organizations security posture, their responsibilities, and courses of action in the face of security incidents (Purser, 2004). Awareness training programs should be designed as an initiative to foster organizational learning. In addition to the widely used training methods built with traditional or computer-based media, organizational learning tools, such as cognitive maps, are recommended in training to build security awareness as one type of distributed cognition.


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