Emma Williams

Dr Emma Williams is Vice Chancellor’s Fellow in Digital Innovation and Well-being at the School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol. Her research investigates the psychological mechanisms of secure cyber behaviour in different contexts, in particular how people make decisions about whether to engage in secure behaviours considered to be time-consuming or challenging at particular points in time, such as secure authentication and validation processes or using multiple complex passwords.

Her research involves close collaboration with the Cryptography and Information Security group within the Department of Computer Science and aims to use a range of lab-based and field-based methods to explore this complex issue. The project has implications for the development of secure behaviour within both organisations (e.g., the behaviour of employees) and the general public (e.g., engaging in online activities at home) and represents a key research area if cyber-threats against society are to be minimised.

More from Emma…


Exploring Susceptibility to Phishing in the Workplace

Phishing emails provide a means to infiltrate the technical systems of organisations by encouraging employees to click on malicious links or attachments. Despite the...Read More »

Individual Differences in Susceptibility to Online Influence: A Theoretical Review

Scams and other malicious attempts to influence people are continuing to proliferate across the globe, aided by the availability of technology that makes it...Read More »

Press Accept to Update Now: Individual Differences in Susceptibility to Malevolent Interruptions

Increasingly, connected communication technologies have resulted in people being exposed to fraudulent communications by scammers and hackers attempting to gain access to computer systems...Read More »

What Makes People Susceptible to Malevolent Influence Online?

Dr Emma Williams’s research looks at what makes people susceptible to malicious attempts to influence them online, focusing on online scams and phishing emails....Read More »

Phishing scams are becoming ever more sophisticated – and firms are struggling to keep up

Companies are bombarded with phishing scams every day. In a recent survey of more than 500 cyber security professionals across the world, 76% reported...Read More »

Eliciting Information Online

…the internet often provides an ideal environment for those with malevolent intent to elicit information from victims. Emma Williams and Adam Joinson research scamming...Read More »

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