At CybSafe, we’re building a future that reshapes the way organisations approach human cyber risks. We see science as an integral part of understanding human behaviour. There are hundreds of cyber security companies focussing on human cyber risk, but CybSafe is one of the only ones committed to advancing the field of cyber security behavioural science and that’s where our research and analysis comes in. We want to protect people online by building the best product we can whilst also contributing to academic knowledge and government policy.  

This week, CybSafe have been announced as an associate partner to the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST) and have been awarded research funding to explore the positive and negative impacts of simulated phishing. CREST was commissioned by the Economic and Social Research Council, and is funded by the UK’s security and intelligence agencies to deliver a world-class, interdisciplinary portfolio of activity that maximises the value of behavioural and social science research to understanding, mitigating and countering threats to national security.

CybSafe’s project led by CybSafe Head of Behavioural Science, Dr. John Blythe is entitled  “Simulated Phishing and Employee Cybersecurity behaviour (SPEC)” and is in collaboration with the University of Bath. The project will be the first to look at how organisations are currently using simulated phishing emails and to experimentally assess the impact of simulated phishing on employees’ cyber security awareness and key employee factors such as trust, stress and feelings of fairness.  

For more information about the project, please visit https://www.cybsafe.com/spec-project/ and to read more about CREST: www.crestresearch.ac.uk/