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[July 31, 2014]

In new book, Gambrills resident suggests creating a culture of cybersecurity [Capital (Annapolis, MD)]

(Capital (Annapolis, MD) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Four years ago, Mansur Hasib was between jobs and didn't know what his next step would be.

Now, the Gambrills resident teaches at three colleges and lectures on cybersecurity issues. He has found that one effective way of teaching cybersecurity to an organization is to avoid mentioning the word cybersecurity.

So in he wrote a book -"Cybersecurity Leadership: Powering the Modern Organization." In it, he finds that many of the problems with cybersecurity related issues are not related to technology, but to humans.

"The primary reason for this failure is that organizations are not doing enough to manage and engage the people in their organization," said Hasib, who teaches at Capitol College in Laurel, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Carnegie Mellon University. "If I talk to you about cyber security, you're probably not going to be that interested. ... What I need to do as a professional, as a leader, I need to find out what you do, what technology you use and figure out how I can help you." This is Hasib's second book. His first book, "Impact of Security Culture on Security Compliance in Healthcare," was published last year. In that one, he aimed to analyze scholarly literature on the human factors and insider threats surrounding the healthcare industry.


At Anne Arundel Community College, some texts Cyber Center experts review are annual reports from Trustwave Global Security and the Verizon Data Breach. Instructional specialist Marcelle Lee has not read Hasib's book, but said she agrees with his concepts of creating a culture of cybersecurity within an organization.

"In our view, cybersecurity has to be prioritized for every organization. There is nobody not affected by possible security breaches," Lee said. "If you push it from the top down, that's better engagement wise, than having your IT people saying 'do this.' It's more compelling." Hasib's background is in information technology, education and biotechnology. He once served as a chief information officer for the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute. In 2010, Hasib was out of work and learned about Anne Arundel Workforce Development.

By working with the agency, he was able to receive a certificate in networking. He went on to get his doctorate of science in information assurance from Capitol College.

"It basically transformed me into a completely different human being," Hasib said. "It completely elevated my credentials." www.twitter.com/woo_sha (c) 2014 ProQuest Information and Learning Company; All Rights Reserved.

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