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Personality and Vulnerability to Cyber Attack

28 March 2019

How can we prevent criminals and other malign actors from using what they know about people to manipulate them to gain access to their computer networks? How much do you know about yourself?
This study explores individual characteristics - such as personality - against key cyber-security questions, in order to support our understanding of how we can better protect internet users.

Requirements

  • British national
  • Aged 18+
  • Active Facebook user (check in at least once a month)
  • Willing to provide Facebook profile name
  • Willing to complete a ten minute demographic, personality, and computer use questionnaire

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Ethical approval

This study has been approved by the University of Southampton's Research Integrity and Governance team on Wednesday 27th March 2019 (see ERGO II 45984).

About the researcher

I am a doctoral researcher with the University of Southampton. In my day job I work as a behavioural scientist for the UK Ministry of Defence Science and Technology Laboratories. My background is in the theory and practice of social influence - especially within the field of cyber security, with a focus on how we better defend individuals and organisations from malicious attacks.

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