CSR, Issue 2: Cyber Security

Issue 2 of CREST Security Review is out!

The second issue of CREST Security Review is now out. CSR is a quarterly magazine which provides a gateway to the very best knowledge and expertise on understanding, mitigating and countering security threats. Its articles translate academic jargon to ‘so what’ answers and illustrate how behavioural and social science can be used effectively in everyday scenarios.

Since its launch, CREST has established a growing international network of over 80 researchers, commissioned research in priority areas, and begun to tackle some of the most pressing questions about security threats. CSR communicates research from CREST’s work and from other leading research centres and academics around the globe.

Each issue includes articles on a particular topic. Our first issue addressed information elicitation, whilst this latest issue considers social science contributions to cyber security.

Cyber security is important to us all. Whether it’s our phone’s contact list or our account with the electricity provider, services that we rely on hold our personal information in databases connected to the internet and potentially vulnerable to attack – Matthew Francis, CSR Editor

This issue was guest edited by CREST Researcher Professor Debi Ashenden. In her article ‘Employees behaving badly’, she reminds us that breaches of security aren’t just the fault of criminals. Sometimes the responsibility rests with employees who think they are acting in their employer’s best interests. These ‘everyday insider threats’ are critical to understand to help organisations make significant improvements to their cyber security.

The importance of thinking about humans when improving data service security is considered by René Rydhof Hansen and Lizzie Coles-Kemp. They argue for a creative approach to how we think about and design security, which includes considering users’ needs and experiences. How many of us have written passwords down because we can’t remember a new one every month?

Elsewhere in this issue there is also a report on the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group research programme and the new PETRAS Internet of Things research hub. Elizabeth Morrow discusses EDL’s loyal foot-soldiers, whilst Linda Woodhead writes on the future of religious belief and how the policies of governments and national churches might inadvertently lead to more, rather than less, extremism. To read these articles and many more, visit the download link below, where you can read CSR as a flip book, download a high-resolution version of the magazine, or download a low-resolution version for emailing to friends and colleagues.

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