Psychological and Behavioral Examinations in Cyber Security
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Psychological and Behavioral Examinations in Cyber Security

John McAlaney (Bournemouth University, UK), Lara A. Frumkin (Open University, UK) and Vladlena Benson (University of West London, UK)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: March, 2018|Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 334
ISBN13: 9781522540533|ISBN10: 1522540539|EISBN13: 9781522540540|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-4053-3


Cyber security has become a topic of concern over the past decade. As many individual and organizational activities continue to evolve digitally, it is important to examine the psychological and behavioral aspects of cyber security.

Psychological and Behavioral Examinations in Cyber Security is a critical scholarly resource that examines the relationship between human behavior and interaction and cyber security. Featuring coverage on a broad range of topics, such as behavioral analysis, cyberpsychology, and online privacy, this book is geared towards IT specialists, administrators, business managers, researchers, and students interested in online decision making in cybersecurity.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Behavioral Analysis
  • Cyber Cognition
  • Cybercrime
  • Cyberpsychology
  • Information Security
  • Online Interaction
  • Online Privacy
  • Phishing
  • Social Identity

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

John McAlaney is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Bournemouth University. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Stirling, his MSc at the University of Strathclyde and then his PhD at the University of West of Scotland in 2007. Dr McAlaney’s PhD was on the topic of social psychology and substance use, looking particularly at misperceptions of peer norms. Following this he worked on an AERC funded post-doc position at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine before moving onto a lecturing post at the University of Bradford in 2008. He joined the Department of Psychology at Bournemouth University in 2014. Since joining Bournemouth he has collaborated extensively with colleagues in the Department of Computing and Informatics to explore psychological factors of cyber security, including participation in hacking and hacktivism, group dynamics in cyber security actors and decision making processes in relation to phishing emails and other mediums.
Lara Frumkin is a chartered psychologist, fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society. She received her BS in psychology from Hobart and William Smith in the USA. She then completed an MA and PhD at the University of Maryland, both in social and community psychology. She worked at a non-profit association in Washington, DC prior to a role at the Justice Department with the US Federal Government. After moving to the UK, she worked at Middlesex University and the Institute of Education, coming to UEL in 2010. She has been the programme leader for the BSc Forensic Psychology degree and will be moving to the Open University in January 2018.
Vladlena Benson is the Academic Relations and Research Director at ISACA LC and Professor of Cybersecurity at the University of West London. She is a specialist in technology governance, risk and compliance (GRC) and a Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ)-certified Cyber Security Risk Management Frameworks practitioner. She is currently working with UK businesses on privacy and cyber security initiatives, such as the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and privacy compliance. Prof Benson's research areas cover: information privacy; cyber victimization; gender and culture differences in online behavior; digital rights and the cyber vulnerability of young people. Her work also relates to religious orientation, digital behavior and privacy on social media. She is a strong advocate for increasing diversity in the cyber security work force, and actively endeavors to bring more female talent into the digital economy. As part of her research, she currently runs a number of projects to help target the digital skills crisis - developing tools for opening up cyberspace entrepreneurship opportunities from an early age. As a result of her work in this area, Prof Benson was recognized at the Women in IT Awards 2017 for helping the development of career opportunities for women in cyber security