New: CREST Security Review issue on Data

Issue nine of CREST Security Review, on Data, has been published. It is available to read and download online and on the CSR mobile app.

This issue focuses on Data, and in particular on how the social and behavioural sciences can help us see the value that data and computer science can bring to understanding and countering security threats.

The issue of CSR pulls together some excellent research to highlight challenges in managing data as well as showcasing the potential benefits for how we use data to make better decisions faster.

Our guest editor, Debi Ashenden (Professor of Cyber Security at Portsmouth and Deakin Universities), has provided a helpful overview of the issues as well as drawn on one of her ongoing projects to give us an insight into how algorithmic decision making can be improved to help build trust between governments and citizens.

Also inside this issue:

  • Paul Taylor focuses on the challenges of applying big data solutions to small data problems. Jo Hinds addresses risks and opportunities in using big data to predict behaviour.
  • Ryan Boyd and Paul Kapoor look at how Computational Language Analysis can help profile the person behind a text and give us important clues about their future behaviours.
  • Providing a cautionary note to the use of language, Pip Thornton highlights how linguistic data is mediated and manipulated by large technology companies.
  • Duncan Hodges provides us with an A-Z of key terms in discussions of data – you’ll never again be found wanting if the discussion turns to Zipf’s Law.

Each issue of CREST Security Review also features articles outside of its special focus. In this issue we feature:

  • Feni Kontogianni presenting her research into the problems in recalling detail from repeated events, and presenting some of the techniques for overcoming them.
  • Pamela Hanway, who looks at how we can reduce the cognitive load on interviewers.
  • Joel Busher, Donald Holbrook and Graham Macklin summarising the findings from their CREST-funded project that helps explain why some extremists or groups choose not to engage in violence.
  • Sarah Marsden, who provides us with an introduction to good practice in countering violent extremism, based on a CREST-guide she’s released on this subject.

This is our first issue to go out simultaneously in print, online and in our mobile app. We created the mobile app to help widen the audience of people who can access the research we feature.

You can find details on how to download the app here.

Like the magazine, we’ve aimed for an experience that presents rigorous science in an accessible way that looks good. We value your feedback on how you find using the new portals (please use our contact page).


About CREST Security Review

CREST Security Review is a quarterly magazine produced by the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST). It provides a gateway to the very best knowledge and expertise on understanding, mitigating and countering security threats, providing research-based answers to real-world problems.

Each issue includes articles focused on a particular topic; past issues include Information Elicitation, Cyber Security, Transmission, After Islamic State and Networking. You can read all the issues for free here.


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