Transforming Employees into the Best Defense

Masha Sedova, Elevate Security


As the technology industry races to create new technologies to thwart attacks and stay ahead of hackers, one of the biggest weakness remains employees themselves. Organizations with an innovative behavior-change approach have been able to transform their employees into key assets in defending their organization and continue to see increasingly promising results on phishing tests, trainings, and red team exercises. This talk will look at the multi-step approach innovative companies have taken to not only educate the company's employees about security, but also to make them care and invested in their part of securing the company. Learn how organizations can leverage behavioral psychology and gamification principles to drive positive, effective and measurable security engagement and behavior. We will also discuss how harnessing the power of intrinsic and extrinsic motivations can help drive behavioral change. Finally we will look at effective methods of measuring security behavior change across employees.

Masha Sedova, Elevate Security

Masha Sedova is an industry-recognized people-security expert, speaker and trainer focused on engaging people to be key elements of secure organizations. She is the co-founder of Elevate Security delivering a behavioral-science based platform that can measure, motivate, and educate employees on security behaviors that prevent breaches. Before Elevate, Masha Sedova was a security executive at Salesforce where she built and led the security engagement team focused on improving the security mindset of employees, partners and customers. In addition, Masha is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Cyber Security Alliance and regular presenter at conferences such as Blackhat, RSA, ISSA and SANS.

@conference {205832,
author = {Masha Sedova},
title = {Transforming Employees into the Best Defense},
year = {2017},
address = {Santa Clara, CA},
publisher = {{USENIX} Association},
month = jul,