Recognising and addressing 'security fatigue'

Document Type

Journal Article


Computing, Health and Science


Computer and Security Science, Centre for Security Research


Originally published as: Furnell, S., & Thomson, K. L. (2009). Recognising and addressing ‘security fatigue’. Computer Fraud & Security, 2009(11), 7-11. Original article available here


Despite widespread recognition as a crucial issue for both organisations and individuals in IT contexts, there remain numerous cases in which we fail to follow good security practice. While some will be down to lack of awareness, skill or investment, other situations will witness security failings in spite of all the necessary pieces being in place. In these cases, the reason often comes down to how people perceive and feel about security, and the way that the need for compliance is promoted to them.


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