Gartner Research

User Behavior Can Improve Security, but Only With Development and Practice

Published: 30 April 2013

ID: G00247009

Analyst(s): Andrew Walls


The Nexus of Forces of cloud, social, mobile and big data erodes the effectiveness of traditional technological security controls. To mitigate risk, security teams must invest in behavioral controls that align with security objectives.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Define the Control Objectives and Actions to Sufficient Levels of Detail
    • Four Security Control Types
  • Define Effective Controls That Are Properly Initiated and Capable of Action
  • Provide Opportunities for Users to Practice and Test Controls
  • Maintain Processes That Enable Continuous Optimization of Behavioral and Technological Control Effectiveness
  • Putting It All Together

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