Incorporating psychology into cyber security education: a pedagogical approach

Jacqui Taylor-Jackson*, John McAlaney, Jeffrey L. Foster, Abubakar Bello, Alana Maurushat, John Dale

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Abstract

The role of the human in cyber security is well acknowledged. Many cyber security incidents rely upon targets performing specific behavioural actions, such as opening a link within a phishing email. Cyber adversaries themselves are driven by psychological processes such as motivation, group dynamics and social identity. Furthermore, both intentional and unintentional insider threats are associated with a range of psychological factors, including cognitive load, mental wellbeing, trust and interpersonal relations. By incorporating psychology into cyber security education, practitioners will be better equipped with the skills they need to address cyber security issues. However, there are challenges in doing so. Psychology is a broad discipline, and many theories, approaches and methods may have little practical significance to cyber security. There is a need to sift through the literature to identify what can be applied to cyber security. There are also pedagogical differences in how psychology and cyber security are taught and also psychological differences in the types of student that may typically study psychology and cyber security. To engage with cyber security students, it is important that these differences are identified and positively addressed. Essential to this endeavor is the need to discuss and collaborate across the two disciplines. In this paper, we explore these issues and discuss our experiences as psychology and cyber security academics who work across disciplines to deliver psychology education to cyber security students, practitioners and commercial clients.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFinancial cryptography and data security
Subtitle of host publicationFC 2020 International Workshops, AsiaUSEC, CoDeFi, VOTING, and WTSC: revised selected papers
EditorsMatthew Bernhard, Andrea Bracciali, L. Jean Camp, Shin’ichiro Matsuo, Alana Maurushat, Peter B. Rønne, Massimiliano Sala
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Pages207-217
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783030544553
ISBN (Print)9783030544546
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event1st Asian Workshop on Usable Security, AsiaUSEC 2020, the 1st Workshop on Coordination of Decentralized Finance, CoDeFi 2020, the 5th Workshop on Advances in Secure Electronic Voting, VOTING 2020, and the 4th Workshop on Trusted Smart Contracts, WTSC 2020, held at the 24th International Conference on Financial Cryptography and Data Security, FC 2020 - Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Duration: 14 Feb 202014 Feb 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
PublisherSpringer
Volume12063
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference1st Asian Workshop on Usable Security, AsiaUSEC 2020, the 1st Workshop on Coordination of Decentralized Finance, CoDeFi 2020, the 5th Workshop on Advances in Secure Electronic Voting, VOTING 2020, and the 4th Workshop on Trusted Smart Contracts, WTSC 2020, held at the 24th International Conference on Financial Cryptography and Data Security, FC 2020
Country/TerritoryMalaysia
CityKota Kinabalu
Period14/02/2014/02/20

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