Reflections on information security from a social science perspective

June 19, 2017

Last week, I went through the findings from my textual analysis of the Sony hack in 2014. I originally planned on covering the entire Sony case study in one post but that first post got away from me a little. Today, I’ll get into the implications of my findings, what i...

June 14, 2017

My first foray into studying information security crises from a communication perspective was a case study of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s 2014 mega breach. Go big or go home?

Eventually, I looped the OPM breach as well and I’ve gone through maybe 3 or 4 different meth...

June 7, 2017

My background is in crisis communication and I wanted to start off by explaining how I see the overlap between information security and crisis communication. Most scholars see crises as cycles, there is debate about how many stages there are and what they should be cal...

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This blog is a place for me to explore issues in information security from a somewhat scholarly and very communication-centric viewpoint. Here I'll be talking about scholarly theories from my time in graduate school, best practices (both academic and not) from communication, and how they all play out in information security. I'll also be looking at specific cases and analyzing the communication around them. I'll include citations and links to relevant resources as appropriate in my posts so you can continue explroing some of these topics on your own.



I have my M.A. in communication from the University of Maryland. My research there focused primarily on crisis communication and public relations. Using theories from those fields, I’ve begun examining certain information security issues. Specifically how organizations and individuals communicate about infosec and how it can be done more effectively.