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Looking back on 2023

Through various presentations on the Psychology of Security and recent keynotes on Resilience in Security, Thea Mannix (PhD in Neuroscience and our Director of Research) and Kai Roer (human factors expert and CEO of Praxis Security Labs) have been helping to shift perspectives within our industry toward a more human-centered one. 

Last week I shared a summary of Kai Roer’s interview with Yolanda Hamblen, which was aired on the Security Circle podcast. Amongst several other topics, they discussed the topic of resilience in cybersecurity and why building resilience requires creating a culture of psychological safety for employees (in addition to implementing business continuity plans, and various technical solutions such as data back ups).

Since that interview was recorded just a few weeks ago, Kai has been in Zambia, Singapore, Oslo, London, and Berlin where he has been speaking, lecturing, moderating panels and giving keynotes on topics ranging from security culture, human behavior and human factors, through to AI and AI ethics.

Likewise, our Director of Research, Dr Thea Mannix, has been busy giving presentations at events such as Sikkerhetsfestivalen which is led by the Norwegian Information Security Forum (ISF) as well as for several organizations, including the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI), Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and the Cognitive Security Institute. She has been interviewed by and featured in national media, and has participated in webinars with ClickArmor. 

It is our focus on a human-centered approach to cybersecurity that each of us at Praxis Security Labs has in common and it is our advocacy for bringing what we sometimes refer to as a “human lens” that drives us. Together, we want to help change the industry. We are working on building a product that will help make doing the right things, at the right time, in the right ways that much easier. It will help to eliminate the friction between security and the rest of the organization and create a stronger, more resilient and sustainable security culture.

This is likely to be one of our last blog posts of 2023, but we will be back in January with more company updates, research findings and thought provoking pieces for you. Until then, we would like to wish you happy holidays and a very happy new year!