Daria-Romana Pop on “The human element goes beyond cybersecurity.”

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We jumped straight in on this interview with Daria-Romana Pop, Lab Validation Assistant and Administration Affairs Volunteer with the US Cyber Security Forum Initiative.

In a single line, Daria-Romana captures one of the hottest topics in information security. What’s more, this entire interview is packed with wisdom nuggets that can trigger your next a-ha! moment or lead you down a rabbit hole of professional and personal growth.

Before we dive in, you should know Daria-Romana offers expertise and insights straight from one of the most interesting organizations in the cybersecurity field: the Cyber Security Forum Initiative. This US non-profit works to “provide Cyber Warfare awareness, guidance, and security solutions through collaboration, education, volunteer work, and training to assist the US Government, US Military, Commercial Interests, and International Partners.”

[Quick walk down memory lane: we’ve had guests from CSFI before at DefCamp, with Founder/President/Director Paul de Souza speaking at the conference back in 2014!]

This means our guest today is plugged into pivotal cybersecurity decisions and actions in and around both public and private organizations and the many influencing factors that govern their m.o.

So let’s get back to that remark about the human factor. In cybersecurity, we often turn to it, but today we want to lead the conversation away from stereotypes (“the weakest link”) and move it towards realities that make a difference.

Here’s the role that humans play nowadays in infosec, whether they’re defenders (in the making), attackers, or victims.

“I think it is important to highlight that technological development is based on people creating different experiences to improve results. Among the three layers – people, process, and technology – the most visible impact is made by people, who further apply their vision and skills on technology and processes. We have seen an increase in the number of social engineering attacks, which could be eliminated through a more vigilant and better-prepared workforce. 

Moreover, prevention is also dependent on how we picture the adversary to understand its motivation and predict its next move. It is not the technology attacking us. It is the human mind using technology to orchestrate attacks against us. At the same time, cyberattacks are not targeting only the infrastructure; they target and manipulate the people controlling it. 

The industry needs to make future cyber professionals aware of the capabilities they possess and that they are the ones controlling the technology, not the other way around. The technological advancement, the cyber tools at our disposal, and the human mind are complementary and should not exclude each other.”

When you try to separate the tech layer from the human layer, it becomes clear that what the human mind devised also requires the ingenuity and unique human insight to counteract or solve.

For example, here’s one of the biggest security challenges that Daria-Romana is actively tackling and which is difficult because it’s rooted in the intricacies of human behavior and societal dynamics.

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