About Us | Contact Us
View Cart

The Science of Thinking

By Vigilize | Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - Leave a Comment

Our cognitive blind spots revealed, and how we can avoid falling into them.


An article review.


ServIcons_ITAudit_01Have you given much thought to how you think? Our friend Wes Pollard at Home Bank sent us a link to an interesting video that explores the science behind how we approach problems, and how those methods can be short-circuited, intentionally or not.

The video presents a view of the two basic types of memories that we have: long-term memory which is shaped by years of experience and observation, and short-term or working memory, which deals with whatever we are thinking about at any given time. Similary, we have actions which are nearly automatic based on certain situations, and behavior that requires active, conscious thought.

This system works well to get us through most situations, but as the video points out we’re predisposed to act automatically: active thinking requires more energy and your brain will try to avoid it if it all possible. It’s how the people at the beginning of the video were able to confidently answer “one day” when asked how long it takes the Earth to travel around the Sun…and how an employee can unwittingly give out sensitive information to the wrong person.

While no one can be on guard all the time, the situation isn’t as bad as it seems: once allowed to think for only a few additional moments, the embarrassed people from the video were able to catch their mistake.


Original video by YouTube channel Veritasium.


same_strip_012513


 

Latest News
    Our Lead Non-Technical Auditor takes a look at the new AIO Guidance… Architecture, Infrastructure, and Operations (AIO) is the latest booklet released by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) in their line of  IT Examination Handbooks. It is an update to their 2004 Operations booklet and, as the name implies, expands into the areas […]
    Another awareness poster for YOUR customers (and users).  Now that we have our own employees aware, maybe it’s time to start posting content for our customers! Download the large versions here: Awareness Poster (Portrait) Awareness Poster (Landscape)   You are welcome to print out and distribute this around your office. Interested in one of ours […]
    Many organizations still fail to consider the unique risks posed by cloud computing… An article review. Last month thousands of Western Digital MyCloud device owners learned about the risks of cloud-based solutions the hard way: their data had been wiped remotely due to a flaw in the internet-facing component of their external hard drives. While […]
    infotex does not use Kaseya… We are protecting our Clients! Another blog post meant to inspire thought about IT Governance . . . . To all infotex managed security service Clients: As you may be aware there was a large ransomware attack recently that leveraged a remote management tool called Kaseya that is used by many […]
    While we’re not a news service, we often use current events to comment on trends and our services. This blog is intended to get people thinking about topics and trends in Technology Risk Management, through our article reviews, as well as through original blog articles about current events and our MSSP services (such as our […]
    PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BUSINESS NEWS Dan Hadaway and Sara Fultz co-wrote an article in the Spring 2021 issue of the Ohio Record, the Official Magazine of the Ohio Bankers League.  Find out on page 20 and 21 of the magazine how tabletop testing strengthens bank cybersecurity. You can read the article here! […]
    You’ve heard it from every MSSP you’ve met: the definition of a SIEM is in the eye of the beholder. But at infotex, we are not talking about the database – an asset whose definition is continuously evolving. We’re talking about the way three teams collaborate in an overall Technology Risk Monitoring process. And whether […]
    After the large number of high-profile breaches in the recent months, it is easy to become disconcerted about how to prevent such things from happening to your Bank. The answer to preventing a breach is a very complex one. infotex will explore this with you! The heightened level of awareness and extra protective tendencies that […]
    A follow-up on Dan’s 2008 Password Manifesto On the NIST Publication on Digital Identity Guidelines Another one of those Dan’s New Leaf Posts, meant to inspire thought about IT Governance . . . . In June 2017, NIST released a special publication on digital identity, NIST SP 800-63, that is starting to get the attention […]
    Another awareness poster for YOUR customers (and users).  Now that we have our own employees aware, maybe it’s time to start posting content for our customers! Download the large versions here: Awareness Poster (Portrait) Awareness Poster (Landscape)   You are welcome to print out and distribute this around your office. Interested in one of ours […]