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Accounting for the human factors in cyber education

Human users are generally the main target for socially engineered cyber attacks, phishing scams, and data leaks. Thus, several human factors may raise or diminish the likelihood of being the victim of a cyberattack, hack, or data breach. Cyber hygiene involves establishing and maintaining crucial cyber health behaviours. Routinely changing passwords and avoiding recycled passwords, …

Unintended Harms of Cybersecurity Countermeasures

Organizations can deploy cybersecurity countermeasures to prevent or reduce the harms of specific risks. These measures include technical controls, policies, and advice for system users. Although cybersecurity countermeasures are put in place to reduce or prevent damage, they can have unintended consequences. These harms can be negligible such as, causing disruption or serious and thus …

Understanding our memory to increase password memorability

Users acquire more online accounts in their personal and working lives. Therefore, users might indulge in practices such as password reuse, writing down passwords, sharing passwords or choosing weak passwords to be able to remember multiple passwords. These practices might be perceived as more convenient in terms of money, time, and convenience. There are several …

Migration from traditional Social Network to Anonymous Social Network

Even though social network sites (SNS) are still popular, more and more young users are abandoning traditional social network sites. In 2018, less than half of people aged 12–17 used Facebook monthly.  These changes can be attributed to the fact that young users are looking for other options such as Anonymous Social network (ASNS) platforms …

Gender differences in privacy tendencies on social network platforms

Due to the public grown awareness and concerns over privacy, social networking services have enhanced their privacy setting options. However, these enhancements and changes are not always easy to follow or implement, and many people do not use them to their full potential. For users of social networking platforms, too much privacy will limit self-presentation. …

Relationship between culture and Information Security Awareness

When it comes to cybersecurity, it is important to consider human behaviour as a part of a group as individuals play a significant role in creating and preventing incidents. Culture and interactions in work environments can participate in determining human behaviour. Information Security Awareness (ISA) is essential for organizations, primarily to mitigate risks.  ISA refers …

Smartphone user’s security awareness and education

Smartphone features and usage have changed significantly over the past few years. The increasing amount of personal and private data on those devices makes them a popular target for theft. There have been several studies on smartphone user’s awareness and concerns regarding security. Some studies have revealed that due to a low level of security …