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Critical Controls

Featuring 46 Papers as of July 16, 2019

  • Threat Rigidity in Cybersecurity SANS.edu Graduate Student Research
    by Mike Weeks - November 3, 2017 

    Fear Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) works as an influence strategy by amateur cybersecurity professionals over an organization, and as a result, FUD Fatigue develops causing a negative impact on their credibility (Anderson 2014). Is there a better way to effect change while maintaining credibility? A social science theory called Threat Rigidity (Staw et al.,1980) addresses organizational responses to threats by describing a constriction in control and a restriction in information processing. The theory of Threat Rigidity theory and its concepts describes FUD Fatigue in that FUD is utilized to spur the threat-rigidity response and will cause a decrement in performance when the level of response is inappropriate for the threat. Threat Rigidity leveraged by a competent cybersecurity professional allows for not only the management of a threat but also the ability to implement critical controls to safeguard the organization from future attacks and move the organization back into an innovative state.

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