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Psychology Seminar Series

You are invited to join us on Friday 22nd February 2019 at 12pm in Room 2.04a, Ridley Building 1, Newcastle University for the following seminar:-

Dr Helen Jones, Lecturer in Experimental Social Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire

The Role of Psychology in Cyber Security

“At the forefront of every successful phishing attack is a human decision to respond.  As such a growing body of research is emerging, which considers the psychological factors affecting user response likelihood.  There is a lack of consistency in the factors examined and methodologies used to do this though, and as such the literature remains disparate. In an attempt to develop a more comprehensive profile of the users most at risk to cyber security risks such as phishing, the research I will discuss brought together a range of cognitive variables as predictors of response behaviour.  Examples include cognitive reflection, inhibition, and self-control.  Across a series of studies, we explored the extent to which these variables predict behaviour, as well as considering the role of external or situational factors, such as time pressure and priming. Based on data from this research, I will go on to discuss the implications for our understanding of phishing response behaviour, as well as applications to wider cyber security threats”.

Please forward any enquiries to Nicki Turner 

published on: 19 February 2019