Lesson 4A – The Relationship Between Ergonomics and Cybersecurity

This lesson explains why ergonomics (human factors) is critical for cybersecurity.

Learning Objectives
  • Distinguish between safety and security
  • Explain how ergonomics is important for cybersecurity
  • Describe the elements that impact human performance
  • Explain what function allocation is, and how to apply it
  • Describe the human conditions that impact safety and securityK0004
Lesson 4A – The Relationship Between Ergonomics and Cybersecurity Lesson Plan

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* NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework KSAs Addressed
  • K0004: * Knowledge of cybersecurity principles.
  • K0036: Knowledge of human-computer interaction principles.
  • K0146: Knowledge of the organization's core business/mission processes.
  • K0164: Knowledge of functionality, quality, and security requirements and how these will apply to specific items of supply (i.e., elements and processes).
  • K0333: Knowledge of network design processes, to include understanding of security objectives, operational objectives, and tradeoffs.
  • K0436: Knowledge of fundamental cyber operations concepts, terminology/lexicon (i.e., environment preparation, cyber attack, cyber defense), principles, capabilities, limitations, and effects.
  • S0010: Skill in conducting capabilities and requirements analysis.
  • S0050: Skill in design modeling and building use cases (e.g., unified modeling language).
  • S0134: Skill in conducting reviews of systems.
  • S0256: Skill in providing understanding of target or threat systems through the identification and link analysis of physical, functional, or behavioral relationships.
  • A0064: Ability to interpret and translate customer requirements into operational capabilities.
  • A0101: Ability to recognize and mitigate cognitive biases which may affect analysis.
  • A0116: Ability to prioritize and allocate cybersecurity resources correctly and efficiently.
  • A0118: Ability to understand technology, management, and leadership issues related to organization processes and problem solving.
* NSA/DHS Center of Excellence (CAE) KUs Addressed
  • Industrial Control Systems

* Most courseware content maps to NIST NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NCWF) Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) and/or NSA/DHS CAE Knowledge Units (KUs). For more information on KSAs and KUs, please visit:

KSAs: http://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/SpecialPublications/NIST.SP.800-181.pdf

KUs: https://www.iad.gov/NIETP/documents/Requirements/CAE-CD_2019_Knowledge_Units.pdf