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.
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