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Individual and Cultural Dimensions of Security Behaviour


   Information Security Group

  Dr Konstantinos Mersinas  Sunday, August 20, 2023  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Please note that advertised projects are sample projects and prospective applicants are not required to apply to one of the advertised projects, but are welcome to discuss broader research interests with the academic named in the advert - and/or to apply with their own research proposal.

Humans play a significant role in security incidents in a two-fold manner: on the one hand human error can cause security incidents and on the other hand, the way people behave with regards to security can minimise the probability and impact of such incidents. The components which influence individuals’ secure behaviours, however, constitute an open question in the field. These components span across both the individual level and at the environments (i.e., the context level within which individuals operate).

The individual level includes dimensions like personality, knowledge, skills, security awareness, prior experience with security incidents, and demographic factors. Whereas, the contextual level includes the dimensions of national culture, industry type, and organisational security culture. All these dimensions are shown to influence individuals’ secure behaviour.

Identifying the relative influence of the various individual and context-level variables in security behaviour has important implications for individuals, organisations, and societies and can inform security awareness training campaigns, education, communication, and security incident response. Insights can allow the tailoring of the aforementioned approaches on individual, organisational, sector, and cultural level.

We have a data sharing agreement with one of the biggest organisations in the world providing security awareness training across different countries. The successful applicant can benefit from a collaboration with a team of researchers within that organisation.

We are looking for applicants with a strong statistical background and experience in empirical research. Prior knowledge of information / cyber security is not essential. Dr Konstantinos Mersinas (Information Security, RHUL), Prof Dawn Watling (Psychology, RHUL). For further details please contact Dr Konstantinos Mersinas - .


Funding Notes

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security for the Everyday can offer up to ten studentships per year, three of which can be awarded to international students (which includes EU and EEA.)
Please ensure you are familiar with the eligibility criteria set by UKRI and their terms and conditions.
In order to apply please visit the CDT website and follow the application instructions.
www.royalholloway.ac.uk/cdt
The studentship includes
* Tuition fees:
* Maintenance: £23,668.00 for each academic year.

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