Research Library

The world’s first globally accessible archive of research into the human aspect of cyber security and behavioural science as applied to cyber security awareness and online behavioural change.

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The Human Factor in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity

A Research Agenda publication aiming to stimulate research on the human factor in cyber crime and cyber security. This book offers examples of unanswered research questions and methods and datasets that could be used for future studies.   Read full paper  ...

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Securing the digital enterprise

This report looks at the practical steps organisations typically go through on their journey towards managing cyber risk. It identifies five stages during the ‘cyber-maturity journey’ during which organisations are likely to encounter problems. Finally, it offers a...

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Growing positive security culture

This blog post explores how organisations can create, maintain and improve their security culture and addresses the questions one may have in regards to security culture. The author highlights three phenomena that actively prevent affected organisations from achieving...

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Cyber Security Culture in organisations

Drawn from multiple disciplines including organisational sciences, psychology, law and cyber security, this report aims to assist organisations looking to begin or enhance their own cyber security culture programme.     Read full paper    ...

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Behavioural Insights in Public Health England

The public health behavioural insights team offer a general introduction to behavioural economics, show how theories have been successfully applied to the public health sector and present a framework for designing behavioural change interventions.   Read full...

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The State of Cybersecurity and Digital Trust 2016

This report, which is based on the results of a survey of over 200 enterprise security professionals, explores the state of cyber security throughout organisations. The report identifies five significant ‘cyber gaps’ that have the ability to hinder cyber security...

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Building a Culture of Security

In this whitepaper, Adobe explain how they’ve become an established global leader in security culture, training and awareness. They offer insight into the programs and schemes they run in order to maintain a culture of security.   Read full paper    ...

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How Do Vulnerabilities Get Into Software?

This paper, by application security platform Veracode, addresses the four main causes of vulnerabilities in software today. The authors investigate: insecure coding practises; the ever-shifting threat landscape; the reuse of vulnerable components and code; and...

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Nudging better security

This article explains what ‘behavioural nudging’ is and offers examples of how nudging could be used to encourage desired security behaviours.   Read full paper     Authors: Max Klugerman PwC

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Human Behaviour as an aspect of Cyber Security Assurance

This paper considers existing research into cyber security assurance processes in an effort to identify elements of cyber security that would benefit from further research and development. It concludes the cyber security industry would benefit from more research into...

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