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Cognitive Injection

Context: I’m giving a talk today at noon at DerbyCon, entitled “Cognitive Injection: Reprogramming the Situation Oriented Human OS”. Slides are here.

It's a trope among security professionals that other humans - mere mundanes - don't 'get' security, and make foolish decisions. But this is an easy out, and a fundamental attribution error. Everyone has different incentives, motivators, and even perceptions of the world. By understanding this -- and how the human wetware has evolved over the the last fifty thousand years or so -- we can redesign our security programs to better manipulate people.