Cyber Security Keynote Theatre

Wed 5th Oct 14:20 to 14:50

Cyber Security Myths and Monsters: how to raise awareness and change behaviours

Cyber insecurity often feels like a horror story, and the idea of cyber security an out-of-reach myth. The last few years have seen breaches that are bigger, and of a higher profile, than ever before. When we trace these back to their cause, we often find that attackers took advantage of human behaviour, via social engineering, poor password management, gaps in physical security or malicious insiders. Combining sociological and psychological research with mythology and classic horror fiction, this talk highlights what people needs to know, and how we should be telling them, to make cyber security less of a monster.

What you will take away from this session

  • Why people still behave so insecurely online, e.g. using weak passwords and falling for phishing emails
  • How to transform raised awareness about cyber security into behavioural change
  • What sociology and psychology can teach us about cyber security
  • Why fear matters, and how to talk about online threats without scaring people into denial or avoidance


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Dr Jessica Barker Dr Jessica Barker View Profile

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