Chapter 1You Are Here

The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence—it is to act with yesterday's logic.

Peter Drucker

“Security culture” has become a hot topic of late. If you are a cybersecurity or business leader, you've no doubt seen the term appear in online articles, security presentations, and even a few vendor pitches. It's become a buzzword (or buzz phrase, if you want to be picky) du jour. Unfortunately, most of the time it is little more than a phrase uttered with gravitas, but devoid of real meaning.

Security culture is often confused with security awareness, the implementation of security processes, or even the use of security tools by end users. That initial misidentification becomes even more confusing because each of those things can feed into, or become an artifact of, security culture—but they are not in and of themselves security culture. Security culture is something different, something unique that is undeserving of the confusion that all too often surrounds it. And you know that; otherwise, you wouldn't be reading this book.

Our purpose here is to add precision and clarity to the topic. And, although we could easily fill several hundred pages with great content about security culture, that's not what this book is about. This book, dear reader, is a no-nonsense, (hopefully) no fluff, and (definitely) no BS guide to what security culture is, how to measure it, and how to shape and strengthen it within your organization.

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