Crowdsourcing Cybersecurity: How to Raise Security Awareness Through Crowdsourcing

By Daniel Dimov

Public involvement in the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing and Collaboration Community – an initiative providing U.S. citizens with the ability to post ideas concerning the country’s security issues – are only two examples of crowdsourcing initiatives that incentivize citizen involvement in security issues. The use of crowdsourcing platforms is becoming a trend in solving public security issues and raising security awareness. For example, crowdsourcing platforms are widely utilized for reporting cybersecurity vulnerabilities and threats, such as web browser security, bugs, or phishing attacks. In the ongoing battle with such threats, raising information security awareness may become a crucial weapon. This article will discuss four popular crowdsourcing-based methods that may help raise information security awareness.

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