Our product is developed and maintained through research and in collaboration with world-renowned academic research partners. We want to protect people online by building the best product we can but also contribute to academic knowledge and government policy. Only through collaboration and policy impact can we help to address the wicked problem of cyber security and keep people, businesses and nations safe online.
The team collaborates with a number of academic institutions (UCL, University of Bath, University of Bristol, Bournemouth University, University of Kent and Northumbria University). Here is some of the work we currently lead on or are involved in:
Simulated Phishing and Employee Cyber security behaviour (SPEC) is led by CybSafe in conjunction with the University of Bath. Funded by the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats the project explores the impact of simulated phishing emails on employee awareness and work-based outcomes such as productivity and trust.
PHISHTRAY is a modifiable open source e-tray software for research and training applications related to social engineering for use in academia and industry. Funded by CPNI and developed by behavioural scientists from the University of Bath and University of Bristol in conjunction with CybSafe.
Gentle Interventions for Security led by Dr. Emily Collins at the University of Bath is developing and evaluating “gentle interventions” using ambient displays, across the home and workplace, to create healthy and habitual cyber security behaviours.
Dawes Centre for Future Crime
The Dawes Centre for Future Crime part of the Security and Crime Science department at UCL.identifies emerging crime threats that arise from greater internet connectedness and works towards delivering pre-emptive interventions for the benefit of society.
The PETRAS Internet of Things Research Hub is a consortium of nine leading UK universities which explore critical issues in privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security related to Internet of Things technology. We currently support the Consumer Security Index project, exploring labelling schemes for consumer products and the Cyber Hygiene project, exploring behaviour change interventions for cyber security behaviour.
University of Kent
Led by Dr. Jason Nurse and starting in Summer 2019, we will be supporting a PhD programme exploring the cyber security issues faced by technology users in the home environment with a focus on behaviour change interventions for different home users (such as adults, teenagers) with emerging Internet of Things technology,
Led by Dr. James Nicholson and starting late 2019, we will be supporting a PhD programme on understanding and protecting against spear phishing in organisations,
CybSafe is an associate partner of the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats a national hub delivering world-class, interdisciplinary portfolio of activity maximising the value of behavioural and social science research to understanding, mitigating and countering threats to national security.
Government and regulators
We are supporting the FCA on guidance regarding how firms should measure, address and report on cyber awareness and culture risk within their organisations.
We are working with the Cyber Security and Data Protection Directorate on improving cyber resilience in UK organisations.
The sociotechnical group of NCSC focus on how technology interacts with people, process and technology. We are working with NCSC on people-centric security and their awareness and behaviour change guidance.
Research Advisory Group
We strive to make sure that we are doing the best work possible. As such, we have a Research Advisory Group, comprising of leading cyber security experts, who provide independent high-level strategic advice and input into the development of the Research and Analysis activities conducted at CybSafe.
Read more about Prof. Adam Joinson
Prof. Adam Joinson conducts inter-disciplinary research on the interaction between human behaviour and technology, he is programme lead for the national Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats, as well as, running funded projects on individual susceptibility to malevolent influence techniques (e.g. phishing), communication accommodation, and behaviour change and technology.
Read more about Prof. Lynne Coventry
Prof. Lynne Coventry is the Director of PaCT (Psychology and Communication Technology) at Northumbria University. She is an applied researcher who is keen to explore new ways of integrating psychology into design and technology development processes.
Read more about Prof. Shane Johnson
Prof. Shane Johnson is the Director of the Dawes Centre for Future Crime at UCL. He has worked within the fields of criminology and forensic psychology for two decades, and his research has explored how methods from other disciplines can inform understanding of crime and security issues.
Read more about Dr. Emily Collins
Dr. Emily Collins is a behavioural scientist in the Applied Digital Behaviour Lab at the University of Bath. With a background in Psychology and Human Computer Interaction, Emily specialises in cross-disciplinary research focusing on how technology can support and benefit users, especially in relation to cyber security behaviours.
Read more about Dr. Jason Nurse
Dr. Jason Nurse is an Asst. Professor in Cyber Security at the University of Kent. He is also a Visiting Academic at the University of Oxford and a Visiting Fellow in Defence and Security at Cranfield University. His research investigates the human and psychological aspects of cyber security, privacy and trust
Read more about Dr. Emma Williams
Dr. Emma Williams is a Chartered Scientist, Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She has particular expertise in the area of online behaviour and human aspects of cyber security and cyber crime, using a range of research methods to investigate these areas.
Read more about NCSC Researcher
A senior researcher from NCSC’s Sociotechnical Security Group