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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Tales of software updates: The process of updating software

Updates alter the way software functions by fixing bugs, changing features, and modifying the user interface. Sometimes changes are welcome, even anticipated, and sometimes they are unwanted leading to users avoiding potentially unwanted updates. If users delay or do...

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...

Nudging online security behaviour with warning messages

Researchers tested the effectiveness of 9 different ways of warning users about cyber security threats. Making users aware of the steps they could take to minimise risk was effective in triggering more secure behaviour. Gain-framed messages, loss-framed messages and a...

A study on social engineering attacks and defence mechanisms

Humans are the most vulnerable points in any kind of security system because of their predictable behaviour and other psychological aspects. Yet, a lot of emphasis related to security is given to implementation of technical security via an antivirus, Intrusion...