Human Factors in Cyber Security

Humans often have, wrongly in our opinion, been accused of being the weakest link in cybersecurity. Arguably, we ought to shift the blame back onto security departments, emphasising the need for a human/computer interaction approach. Where technology solutions fail to protect end-users, we need to understand how to empower and improve end-users’ cybersecurity practices.  

Our researchers examine the financial, economic, psychological, and sociological aspects which place individuals at higher risk of cybersecurity threats and empirically research methods to detect criminals as well as how to change cybersecurity behaviours timely and effectively. Our focus is on training and education rather than simply raising awareness – which often doesn’t lead to change in cybersecurity behaviours. We specifically research topics such as scams, terrorism, insider threat, propaganda, and misinformation (fake news).