Human Factors in Cyber Security

Learn how the discipline of human factors can help enhance cyber security.

About the event

Cyber security incidents have caused damage to organisational reputation, finances, and national security. Many incidents have been attributed to the human element or ‘Insider Threat’. The discipline of human factors can help reduce the risk of such incidents and enhance cyber security.

In this free webinar, by hearing about the content of two White Papers about human factors and cyber security:

  • You’ll learn why it’s important to consider the human element in cyber security.
  • You’ll hear about human factors considerations in cyber security.
  • You’ll get a practical framework to capture poor behaviours associated with cyber security, with recommended solutions.

Who will this be of interest to?

If you make decisions about cyber security and would like to know more about the human element, don’t miss this webinar. It also presents a framework for human factors practitioners, particularly those with an interest in Human Reliability Analysis who may wish to apply similar methods to a cyber security context.

About the presenters

Amanda Widdowson is the CIEHF Past President and Head of Human Factors Capability at Thales UK. She’s been applying human factors for over 25 years, mostly in the defence and rail sectors. Her experience as a human error analyst in rail safety incident investigations, and project work at Thales, allowed her to develop and apply an award-winning approach to capture HFI risks to cyber security :the Cyber Human Error Assessment Tool (CHEAT®). The approach was inspired by reports that the majority of cyber security incidents are caused inadvertently by employees.

Nicola Turner is a Human Factors Scientist at Trimetis, a Bristol-based research and consultancy company specialising in applied psychology and focusing on improving the work and decisions of people in complex environments. Nicola has experience measuring and analysing human behaviour in military, government and industry settings. She’s also currently undertaking a part-time PhD at Cardiff University exploring methods to mitigate susceptibility to cyber attacks. Nicola supported the development of the Human Factors Framework for Cyber Vulnerability, has conducted research exploring the detection of cyber threats using behavioural indicators, and has led the human factors aspects of Cyber Vulnerability Investigations of military platforms. Recently Nicola has worked on projects exploring visual deception, as well as developing and testing a prototype method to support intelligence analysts to reduce the effects of online deceptive content on their analysis outputs.

Dr John Blythe is a Chartered Psychologist and Director of Cyber Workforce Psychology at Immersive Labs. He has spent the last ten years working across academia, government and industry focused on the human aspects of cyber security.