Human Dimensions of Cybersecurity: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Human Dimensions of Cybersecurity

1st Edition

By Terry Bossomaier, Steven D'Alessandro, Roger Bradbury

Auerbach Publications

100 pages

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Hardback: 9781138590403
pub: 2019-12-15
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The book identifies the technological features that give rise to security issues. It describes the structure of the Internet and how it is compromised by malware, and examines some of the more common security issues. It then looks at aspects of human persuasion and consumer choice, and how these affect cyber security. It argues that social networks and the related norms play a key role as does government policy, as each impact on individual behavior of computer use. The book identifies the most important human and social factors that affect cybersecurity. It illustrates each factor using case studies, and examines possible solutions from both technical and human acceptability viewpoints.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction. 2. Technical Primer. 3. Social Networks, Social Norms, and Their Resilience. 4. Government Policy and Statecraft. 5. Consumer Choice and Poor Security Behavior. 6. Case Studies, Solutions, and Work-Arounds.

About the Authors

Professor Terry Bossomaier graduated in Natural Sciences from Clare College, Cambridge and completed a PhD in chemical physics at the University of East Anglia. After working for five years in the photographic industry as an image physicist, he took up a research fellowship at the ANU, studying vision and computer science, before moving to Charles Sturt University as professor of computer systems. His work has made significant contributions across different fields: vision, notably the information processing structure of the retina; computer science, especially parallel computation; cognitive neuroscience, including creativity and expertise; and statistical physics. His work has resulted in keynote addresses in South Africa, Japan and Hong Kong. He has received 8 individual grants and several large, collaborative infrastructure grants from the Australian Research Council. He was also a Chief Investigator on the Cooperative Research Centre in Spatial Information. He has published four books and edited a further two. His papers feature leading journals such as Science, Physical Review Letters and Nature

Professor Roger Bradbury leads the Strategy and Statecraft in Cyberspace research program for the National Security College at the Australian National University. His research interests lie in the modelling and simulation of the dynamics of coupled social and natural systems. A complex systems scientist, trained originally as a zoologist. In this role, he managed major projects, such as the World Bank Coral Reef project, leading to papers in Science, one of the world's top two journals. In recent years he worked in the Australian Intelligence Community (at the Office of National Assessments) on the strategic analysis of international science and technology issues. He is particularly interested in cyberspace as a strategic domain and works with co-author Prof. Bossomaier on issues relating to internet facilitation of crime and terror.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Programming / Games
COMPUTERS / Security / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security