Weary Warriors: Reducing the Impact of Wishful Thinking & Fatigue on Information Security Decisions

  • Date 04 Jun 2019

Weary Warriors: Reducing the Impact of Wishful Thinking & Fatigue on Information Security Decisions

04 Jun 2019, 10:00 - 10:25

Strategy Talks

Wishful thinking won’t protect your data and systems. Without understanding two key psychological constructs, motivated reasoning and decision fatigue, people will continue to put their trust in software alone to keep their systems safe – and then shift responsibility for adverse events onto end users. For example, those impacted by motivated reasoning will reuse passwords without believing it might actually have an impact. People who experience decision fatigue avoid decisions or choose the least effortful action. However, there are steps organisations and individuals can take to recognise and cope with these parts of human nature – are you prepared?

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Gain an in-depth understanding of decision fatigue and motivated reasoning 
  2. Learn how decision fatigue and motivated reasoning directly impact information security decision-making and behaviours 
  3. Build a better understanding of why employees at all organisational levels struggle to maintain positive security habits 
  4. Build strategies for counteracting flaws in human reasoning within the context of your organisation
  5. Help your organisation make better cybersecurity purchasing decisions



  • Dr. Margaret Cunningham


    Principal Research Scientist for Human Behaviour


    Dr. Cunningham is a Principal Research Scientist at Forcepoint. Her specialty is identifying critical interactions between humans and technology to...

Business Issues covered

  1. What will this session help you to do?
    • Mitigate the effects of new vulnerabilities and exploits‎
    • Understand internal and external threats and keep a business secure‎


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